Young Syrian Activists is a non-partisan movement that aims to project the voices of young activists to the international community in a variety of ways. We aim to put the spotlight firmly on the personal choices these individuals have been forced to make in the face of crisis.
The voices we amplify were all once leaders at the outset of the peaceful revolution and since have had to make different choices in their lives. Some have fled, whilst others have stayed. Some have continued peaceful activism; others have chosen to fight.
Through a series of creative initiatives we hope to portray how activists rationalise pacifism in a conflict zone or violence towards their own nation, as well as the justifications of pursuing political actions that can threaten communities’ survival.
What we want to do
Throughout this project we will meet and interview Young Syrian Activists that are based around the Middle-East and Europe. Each have taken a number of different paths and we will give them them the opportunity to tell their stories.
Our role is to project their tales through moving images and print mediums as far and wide as possible around the world. Read on to see just how we are doing this.
We’ve shot a documentary that explores testimonies of youth activists, where they’ve described routes they have taken and the decisions they have made since the onset of the revolution. Read More
During the course of the documentary filming, we have shot an extensive photographic reportage that is intended for a travelling exhibition that profiles the young Syrian activists’ stories in another medium.
We will use the stories of those Young Syrian Activists who we have met, to further explore their decisions to produce a book that brings together tales of personal choice with photographic content.
Meet the team
We have a small and dedicated team of research and creative professionals working on a voluntary basis, with each bringing different experiences to the fold.
We're looking to expand our team, so be sure to check out how you can get involved!
Matthias is a Policy Officer for the European Youth Forum. He has had a passion for Syria since he focused on the country during his studies and since then he has visited and worked in the country numerous times.
Matthias thinks that there are many channels to get an insight into the politics of the conflict, however what is often overlooked are the personal stories. He wants to give the viewer an insight into a few individuals who have shaped the politics of the conflict.
Tomas is a Communications Officer for the European Youth Forum, who studied conflict resolution at the University of Aberystwyth and is reading Communication Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
By day, Tomas projects the voice of young people from around Europe to decision makers – by night, he brings his photographic, web and design skills to the Syrian Youth Activists project.
Documentary Art Director
Filip Huygens graduated in both journalism and camera operator and now works as a freelance journalist and cameraman.
Filip has worked for all of the main Belgian TV-stations and also has a great deal of experience in working around the world, with a particular history of filming in Russia, Morocco and Nepal.
Filip’s journalistic passion focuses on social issues and the personal lives of the everyday people he meets around the world.
Billur is a PhD student and teaching assistant at the Department of Politics in Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research explores how the activists and state use the new media during the protests in Egypt and Syria.
Billur has experience in the media field, as a producer in the Turkish media and as a research assistant on a project with the BBC. Her passion for research on protests and new media leads her to Syria where young activists risk their lives to keep protests in view.
Make it happen
Our team needs your help to amplify unheard voices to the international community.
Partner with us
Do you have an interest in Syria, youth activism or creative production?
We’re seeking partnerships that can provide visibility to our projects and support us to realise our projects.
Partnerships should be mutually beneficial – so we are willing to share multimedia content and our expertise for co-operations.
Got skills? We’re a small team of volunteers with big ideas – so we’re looking expand our team to ensure Syrian Youth Activists is the success it deserves to be.
Not sure it’s for you?
We’ve a range of needs that requires a diverse team with expertise in funding, audio visual production, communications and logistics.
Young Syrian Activists is a not for profit organisation and thus relies entirely on charitable donations.
We are currently searching for funding and partnership opportunities that can make our projects happen.
Direct donations to project however, make all the difference and are warmly welcomed.