Raja Althaibani discusses our strategy for serving activists in Syria

Tools, training and logistical support are the biggest needs for citizen activists in Syria. WITNESS responded to these needs by providing online support and a platform to elevate citizens’ voices to the international community.

We have offered guidance on storytelling, interviewing, collecting testimony, concealing identity, filming techniques, documentation, video as evidence, the international criminal justice process and filming ethics. These consultations spurred activists to move beyond relying on graphic footage to lesser-heard, more nuanced stories that help contextualize an otherwise remote, and difficult conflict to verify, for a viewer, whether they are an editor in a newsroom or a concerned citizen at home.