Gymnast Ahmad al-Sawas performs gymnastic moves near damaged buildings in the rebel-held Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria March 26, 2016. (Photo by Abdalrhman Ismail for Reuters.)

Syrian athletes’ Olympic dreams

The country torn by civil war will send seven athletes to the Rio Olympic games, but some Syrian top athletes won't get a chance to represent their country.
Aug 4, 2016
A Syrian father and son receive a handmade quilt from Quilts Beyond Borders. The child's mother died in delivery six months earlier while the family awaited entry into Jordan as refugees. (Photo courtesy of Salaam Cultural Museum.)

Supplies and TLC in ‘baby boxes’ for Syrian refugees

Local knitters and quilters are providing baby boxes for new parents struggling in the largest Syrian refugee camp.
May 27, 2016
Civil defence members search for survivors after an airstrike at a field hospital in the rebel held area of al-Sukari district of Aleppo, Syria April 27, 2016. 
(Photo by Abdalrhman Ismail for Reuters.)

Air strikes hit Syrian hospital, dozens killed

Aleppo has faced six days of air strikes and rebel shelling. The hospital was operated by international medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres.
Apr 28, 2016
A Syrian girl holds up a poster she drew “about how she recently helped someone using information or technology” during UW professor Karen Fisher’s workshop at Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan in January 2015. (Photo courtesy of Karen Fisher, University of Washington Information School)

Syrian youth design dream apps at Za’atari Refugee Camp

With everything refugee families lost fleeing Syria, a new tech solution may offer Syrian youth a way to connect their pasts with brighter futures.
Feb 10, 2016
A Syrian girl waits with her family, who say they have received permission from the Syrian government to leave the besieged town, as they depart after an aid convoy entered Madaya, Syria January 11, 2016. (Photo by Omar Sanadiki for Reuters.)

Starvation used as weapon in Syrian town, U.N. investigators say

The tactic of starvation targets civilians — and could be in violation of international law.
Jan 12, 2016
Deepa Iyer will be speaking at Town Hall on Dec. 1. (Photo by Les Talusan Photography)

Deepa Iyer: Multiracial work can dismantle racism, Islamophobia

Deepa Iyer tackles the U.S.'s deepest racism, Islamophobia and xenophobia with our greatest asset: a multiracial nation.
Nov 24, 2015
U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington November 19, 2015.  Photo by Gary Cameron for Reuters)

U.S. House votes to suspend Syrian refugee program, step up screening

The Republican-backed legislation would suspend Obama's program to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees next year and intensify screening measures for refugees from Syria and Iraq.
Nov 19, 2015
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. (Photo by Venice Buhain.)

Inslee: Washington open to Syrian refugees

Gov. Jay Inslee vowed to keep Washington state open to receiving Syrian refugees, even as more than 20 governors throughout the U.S. vowed to keep them out.
Nov 16, 2015
A member of the French fire brigade aids an injured individual near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

At least 60 dead in Paris shootings, hostages held

A coordinated attack at five venues in Paris left at least 60 dead.
Nov 13, 2015
"Whose side are you on?" A Kurdish female fighter from the People's Protection Units (YPG) near the site of fighting between ISIS and fighters from the Democratic Forces of Syria in south-eastern Syria. (Photo by REUTERS / Rodi Said)

Sectarian Superpowers: At war with ourselves in Syria

Sunni/Shia, Arab/Kurd. How viewing the Middle East through a sectarian lens has driven the U.S. to folly.
Nov 12, 2015
A young refugee plays violin in front of a line of Turkish police at Edirne, where refugees amassed hoping to cross into Bulgaria. (Photo by Levent ......)

Istanbul native finds her city transformed by Syrian refugees

When I went back home to Istanbul for a visit, I was shocked at the conditions for Syrian refugees who have flooded the city.
Nov 4, 2015
Anny Khan speaks at the weekend grassroots gathering to organize aid and advocacy for Syrian refugees. (Photo by Alex Garland.)

Could Syrian refugees resettle in Seattle? New group explores ideas

Dozens of Seattle-area residents gathered over the weekend to explore increasing the number of Syrian refugees who can resettle in Washington state.
Sep 8, 2015
Tima Kurdi, sister of Syrian refugee Abdullah Kurdi whose sons Aylan and Galip and wife Rehan were among 12 people who drowned in Turkey trying to reach Greece, cries while speaking to the media outside her home in Coquitlam, British Columbia (Photo by Ben Nelms for Reuters.)

Grassroots gathering to explore bringing Syrian refugees to Seattle

Worldwide focus on the Syrian refugee crisis grew this week, as pictures emerged of a Syrian toddler who drowned while his family tried to reach Greece.
Sep 3, 2015
Travellers believed to be migrants coming from Hungary enter a train to Germany at the railway station in Vienna, Austria, August 31, 2015. (Photo by Leonhard Foeger for Reuters)

Migrant trains reach Germany as EU asylum system creaks

European Union asylum rules collapsed under the strain of a wave of migration — much of it from Syria — as thousands make their way to Germany.
Aug 31, 2015
My sister Anna meeting some long lost relatives in Lebanon.  (Photo by Deric Gruen)

5 Arabic words I wish we had in English

As a second-generation nuss-nuss (“half n’ half”) Arab American who is Lebanese and German,  it was only in my adult life that I took a keen interest in my grandparents’ language. I took a standard Arabic course in Seattle, then traveled to Lebanon to learn the spoken language, only to be evacuated in the summer […]
Apr 22, 2015
Children in a camp for Syrian refugees clamor for aid distributed by SACCWA. (Courtesy photo)

As crisis in Syria drags on, Northwest donors appear to lose interest

The founder of a local aid organization helping refugees from the crisis in Syria says donations have all but dried up.
Mar 19, 2015
Ziplock bags full of Metformin, a medication used to treat diabetes, donated to Seattle's Salaam Cultural Museum for delivery to Syrian refugees in Jordan. (Photo by Alisa Reznick)

Drug recycling: crime or compassion?

Collecting unused meds and giving them to needy people overseas isn’t legal. But some Seattleites are doing it anyways.
Dec 3, 2014
Syrian children at Jordan's Zaatari Refugee Camp ride on the back of a Jordanian's pickup truck.  Zaatari offers kindergarten and elementary schooling for the refugees, but overcrowded classrooms and labor needs at home keep many young refugees from attending. (Photo by Alisa Reznick)

Young Syrians make easy prey for militants

A volatile mix of boredom, non-existent job opportunities and desperation among young Syrians could lead them straight into the hands of extremists.
Dec 1, 2014
ISIS Insurgents

Why you should (and shouldn’t) be worried about ISIS

Back from Baghdad, veteran foreign correspondent Jonathan Landay has the real story about the Islamic State.
Nov 26, 2014
"Hamdan," a 36-year-old former FSA fighter who now lives in a Jordanian refugee camp, plans to return to Syria to rejoin rebel ranks this month. (Photo by Alisa Reznick)

Once united against Assad, Syrians now split by ISIS

As Americans obsess about ISIS gains, Syrian rebels say we’re neglecting the real threat.
Nov 25, 2014