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Environmentalists Clean Up River Barada

The Barada River, once a source of life for the people of Damascus, is now dried up and polluted but a group of young environmentalists are out to change that.
By IWPR

Some fifty volunteers were so concerned to see the Barada becoming a dump for garbage and sewage that they organised a clean-up campaign.

“The River Barada means everything to the people of Syria. Without the river, Damascus would not have been the oldest inhabited city in the world,” said one member, Issam Habbal.

The activists plan to make the clean-up an annual campaign but want to do much more to raise awareness and get official support.


This multimedia piece was produced during an IWPR workshop for young Syrian journalists held in Beirut, October 2009.

Trainer: Don Duncan
Editor: Raed Rafei
Project manager: Susanne Fischer

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