Migration Media Award: Third Place, Online Category
Author: Preethi Nallu
Media: Nеws Deeply
Date of Publication: 17/3/2017
Title: Politics of Class and Identity Dividing Aleppo – and Syria
Short summary: Most journalists who have paid their dues to field reporting would agreed that conflict coverage involves more than the front lines of the battlefields. The root causes often lay within the non-armed segments of the conflict zones. At News Deeply, we believe that the feasibility of long term returns of civilians to their home communities – whether refugees who fled the borders or those internally displaced inside the country of conflict – is a litmus test for gauging ground realities. Without safe returns to Syria becoming a reality, the unrelenting war that has entered its 7th year will not have ceased. To mark the anniversary, we spoke with writers and analysts on the alarming precedent that Aleppo sets for the rest of Syria, as deepening divides – over economy, society and identity – complicate the returns of residents.
This week marked the end of the sixth year of the war in Syria. On this grim anniversary we examine the deepening economic, social and other divisions that make it so difficult for refugees to return to Aleppo, the city that has become a bellwether for the country’s future.