The erasure of Syrian voices in Western media
Publisher: MR online
Date Written: 19/05/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20751
Trapped between a police state and Al Qaeda, average Syrians explain why they fear regime change.
Supporters of the Syrian opposition have relentlessly demanded that Western observers listen to "Syrian voices." The idea is that by absorbing the testimonies of Syrians who have experienced the violence of the conflict first hand, Westerners will know how to best help them. Yet Western media consumers have scarcely heard from ordinary people who reside within the areas controlled by the government -- the areas where the vast majority of Syrians live. Indeed, the voices of Syrians like Areej, one of many people I spoke to inside Syrias government-held areas for this report, present a testimony that is simply too inconvenient for Western media to consider.