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FSA Fights to Protect Civil Status Re...
Damascus
By Mohamad al-jazaare
09 Nov 2014

Eastern Ghouta, Syria
November 2014

A Free Syrian Army (FSA) group took over the civil status registry near Damascus. The official building contains documents such as birth certificates, identity card application forms and marriage contracts.

FSA fighters claim that they moved the documents through tunnels to a safe location after discovering that part of them has been damaged by the fighting.

This footage shows the battle to take over the civil status office near Damascus and the official building from the inside. A large amount of personal status documents can be seen, some of them torn.

Fighters can be seen in the video carrying large bags of documents through tunnels.

Shot List

1 Wide of fighter shooting through hole.
2 Wide of fighters running to re-position.
3 Wide of fighters taking cover.
4 Medium of fighter shooting through hole.
5 Wide of fighters taking cover.
6 Wide of shooting machine gun mounted on vehicle.
7 Wide of smoke.
8 Wide of destroyed buildings.
9 Various of fighters running/ walking amid rubble

10 SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) FSA commander Abu al-Jud

"We took over the civil registry office and the mosque. We advanced from the right side and took over Lamees area, and we also took over the Mazda company building. We are now very close to the municipality."

11 Close up of sign “Store” 12 Close up sign “Documents Certification”
13 Close up of writing on wall.
14 Close up of computers.
15 Close up of writing on wall.
16 Close up of ID cards.
17 Wide of inside building.
18 Various ID application forms for ID.
19 Close of birth certificate.
20 Various of torn documents.
21 Close up of broken ID, spent bullets on the floor.
22 Close up of IDs on the floor.
23 SOUNDBITE (Arabic. Man) FSA commander Mufid Abdel Hadi

"After liberating the civil registry office, we realized the importance of the documents that the regime tried to burn. We informed special committees about the documents and they confirmed that we need to recover them. We dug underground tunnels with the help of fighters and we took the documents to a safe place."

24 Medium of men taking documents out of bags
25 Close up of fighter taking documents out of bag.

26 SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) FSA commander Abu al-Jud

“Some of these documents are burnt.”

27 Wide of registry books.
28 Various of torn documents.
29 Wide of fighters carrying bags through tunnel.
30 Various of documents.
31 SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Uabada, Member of pro-opposition Legal Office

"We are now in the civil registry office for Damascus and its rural areas. We are at the front line of Erbeen, since it has been liberated by the fighters. The office is always a target for shelling and bombing by the regime. We found many important documents such as birth and death certificates, marriage licenses, and civil documents for people from Damascus and its rural areas. Not only for inhabitants of Erbeen, but also those from Kalamoon, Haramoon, and al-Yarmouk camp."

32 Various of fighters walking through tunnel.

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Syrian refugees at the Sawa Registrat...
Baalbek, Lebanon
By Marta Bogdanska
18 Sep 2012

As Syrian refugee parents wait to register their children for school in Lebanon, the children play in the special play room. The Sawa registration Center is situated in Baalbek, and was set up in collaboration with UNHCR and Save the Children. There are 48,925 Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR in Lebanon, with more than 18,000 on a waiting list. 51% of them are children. Save the Children provided a Summer Accelerated Learning Program & Scholarship Program, that encompassed 1,208 children until now. Another 1,292 are supposed to join at the beginning of school year.

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Syrian refugees at the Sawa Registrat...
Baalbek, Lebanon
By Marta Bogdanska
18 Sep 2012

As Syrian refugee parents wait to register their children for school in Lebanon, the children play in the special play room. The Sawa registration Center is situated in Baalbek, and was set up in collaboration with UNHCR and Save the Children. There are 48,925 Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR in Lebanon, with more than 18,000 on a waiting list. 51% of them are children. Save the Children provided a Summer Accelerated Learning Program & Scholarship Program, that encompassed 1,208 children until now. Another 1,292 are supposed to join at the beginning of school year.

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Syrian refugees at the Sawa Registrat...
Baalbek, Lebanon
By Marta Bogdanska
18 Sep 2012

As Syrian refugee parents wait to register their children for school in Lebanon, the children play in the special play room. The Sawa registration Center is situated in Baalbek, and was set up in collaboration with UNHCR and Save the Children. There are 48,925 Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR in Lebanon, with more than 18,000 on a waiting list. 51% of them are children. Save the Children provided a Summer Accelerated Learning Program & Scholarship Program, that encompassed 1,208 children until now. Another 1,292 are supposed to join at the beginning of school year.

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Syrian refugees at the Sawa Registrat...
Baalbek, Lebanon
By Marta Bogdanska
18 Sep 2012

As Syrian refugee parents wait to register their children for school in Lebanon, the children play in the special play room. The Sawa registration Center is situated in Baalbek, and was set up in collaboration with UNHCR and Save the Children. There are 48,925 Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR in Lebanon, with more than 18,000 on a waiting list. 51% of them are children. Save the Children provided a Summer Accelerated Learning Program & Scholarship Program, that encompassed 1,208 children until now. Another 1,292 are supposed to join at the beginning of school year.

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Syrian refugees at the Sawa Registrat...
Baalbek, Lebanon
By Marta Bogdanska
18 Sep 2012

As Syrian refugee parents wait to register their children for school in Lebanon, the children play in the special play room. The Sawa registration Center is situated in Baalbek, and was set up in collaboration with UNHCR and Save the Children. There are 48,925 Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR in Lebanon, with more than 18,000 on a waiting list. 51% of them are children. Save the Children provided a Summer Accelerated Learning Program & Scholarship Program, that encompassed 1,208 children until now. Another 1,292 are supposed to join at the beginning of school year.

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Syrian Refugees In Baalbek
Lebanon,Baalbek
By Marta Bogdanska
18 Sep 2012

This Syrian woman has been in Lebanon for six months. She came from Homs.
The reason for her to leave was a very heavy shelling on their house, and abductions of people. She came with her whole family, which consists of five people.
They crossed the border in a legal way taking a taxi until Baalbek. It was at the time when crossing the border was still easy.
The life in Lebanon has been fine till now. They registered with" UNHCR" when they arrived. Now she is registering her children in school at the "Save the Children registration center."

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School In Baalbek For The Syrian Refu...
Lebanon,Baalbek
By Marta Bogdanska
18 Sep 2012

This family came from Homs in Syria.
The woman has three children. One of her daughters is married and has a child. There is also her son’s wife with them.
They arrived to Lebanon three weeks ago although the married daughter came here a month and a half ago.
They were in Al “Qaseer” in Homs but because of the worsening situation there they moved to Damascus, to “Alset Zainab” neighborhood. From there they moved to another neighborhood called Al “Abaseyeen”. Finally they went back to Homs. The heavy bombing started again and there were no taxis to take them out of there so they had to wait. After that they managed to go to “Al Tal” because they were informed that it was safe there. After two days the clashes started, they moved again to “Adra”. After being on the road for ten days they arrived to Lebanon. They couldn’t take anything with them, not even clothes. They crossed the border illegally, walking through the mountains.
Life in Lebanon is much better for them than in Syria. At least children are not scared and can sleep at night. They also received medical treatment because they were sick in Syria and couldn’t get any help there. Children can go to school although her daughter’s child won’t be able to register now because they don’t have the needed documents.

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SYRIAN REFUGEES IN LEBANON - Beirut E...
Lebanon,Baalbek
By Beirut Editor's Picks
18 Sep 2012

This photo collection shows a few Syrian families who are waiting to register their children with the UNHCR and the organization, Save the Children, so they can attend school in Lebanon after crossing over from Syria.
The latest report from the UNHCR states that over 67,960 Syrian refugees are in Lebanon, with 49,653 registered and over 18,307 in contact with UNHCR. While most children will be able to attend school in Lebanon, there have been many issues with refugees being denied because they lack proper paperwork. Another issue that is increasingly become more of a problem is that of child trauma, as reports say almost every child has seen someone killed and there are no resources available to provide counseling for the children, many of which are suffering from PTSD.

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School In Baalbek For The Syrian Refu...
Lebanon,Baalbek
By Marta Bogdanska
18 Sep 2012

This family came from Homs in Syria.
The woman has three children. One of her daughters is married and has a child. There is also her son’s wife with them.
They arrived to Lebanon three weeks ago although the married daughter came here a month and a half ago.
They were in Al “Qaseer” in Homs but because of the worsening situation there they moved to Damascus, to “Alset Zainab” neighborhood. From there they moved to another neighborhood called Al “Abaseyeen”. Finally they went back to Homs. The heavy bombing started again and there were no taxis to take them out of there so they had to wait. After that they managed to go to “Al Tal” because they were informed that it was safe there. After two days the clashes started, they moved again to “Adra”. After being on the road for ten days they arrived to Lebanon. They couldn’t take anything with them, not even clothes. They crossed the border illegally, walking through the mountains.
Life in Lebanon is much better for them than in Syria. At least children are not scared and can sleep at night. They also received medical treatment because they were sick in Syria and couldn’t get any help there. Children can go to school although her daughter’s child won’t be able to register now because they don’t have the needed documents.

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School In Baalbek For The Syrian Refu...
Lebanon,Baalbek
By Marta Bogdanska
18 Sep 2012

This family came from Homs in Syria.
The woman has three children. One of her daughters is married and has a child. There is also her son’s wife with them.
They arrived to Lebanon three weeks ago although the married daughter came here a month and a half ago.
They were in Al “Qaseer” in Homs but because of the worsening situation there they moved to Damascus, to “Alset Zainab” neighborhood. From there they moved to another neighborhood called Al “Abaseyeen”. Finally they went back to Homs. The heavy bombing started again and there were no taxis to take them out of there so they had to wait. After that they managed to go to “Al Tal” because they were informed that it was safe there. After two days the clashes started, they moved again to “Adra”. After being on the road for ten days they arrived to Lebanon. They couldn’t take anything with them, not even clothes. They crossed the border illegally, walking through the mountains.
Life in Lebanon is much better for them than in Syria. At least children are not scared and can sleep at night. They also received medical treatment because they were sick in Syria and couldn’t get any help there. Children can go to school although her daughter’s child won’t be able to register now because they don’t have the needed documents.

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School In Baalbek For The Syrian Refu...
Lebanon,Baalbek
By Marta Bogdanska
18 Sep 2012

This family came from Homs in Syria.
The woman has three children. One of her daughters is married and has a child. There is also her son’s wife with them.
They arrived to Lebanon three weeks ago although the married daughter came here a month and a half ago.
They were in Al “Qaseer” in Homs but because of the worsening situation there they moved to Damascus, to “Alset Zainab” neighborhood. From there they moved to another neighborhood called Al “Abaseyeen”. Finally they went back to Homs. The heavy bombing started again and there were no taxis to take them out of there so they had to wait. After that they managed to go to “Al Tal” because they were informed that it was safe there. After two days the clashes started, they moved again to “Adra”. After being on the road for ten days they arrived to Lebanon. They couldn’t take anything with them, not even clothes. They crossed the border illegally, walking through the mountains.
Life in Lebanon is much better for them than in Syria. At least children are not scared and can sleep at night. They also received medical treatment because they were sick in Syria and couldn’t get any help there. Children can go to school although her daughter’s child won’t be able to register now because they don’t have the needed documents.

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Syrian refugees at the Sawa Registrat...
Baalbek, Lebanon
By Marta Bogdanska
17 Sep 2012

As Syrian refugee parents wait to register their children for school in Lebanon, the children play in the special play room. The Sawa registration Center is situated in Baalbek, and was set up in collaboration with UNHCR and Save the Children. There are 48,925 Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR in Lebanon, with more than 18,000 on a waiting list. 51% of them are children. Save the Children provided a Summer Accelerated Learning Program & Scholarship Program, that encompassed 1,208 children until now. Another 1,292 are supposed to join at the beginning of school year.