Today, over 5,000 men and women are active in Syrian civil society organizations. These diverse grassroots organizations work in human rights, community development, awareness building, and humanitarian aid. Much of their work is unreported in the West, the Middle East Institute reports:
Since 2015 the Middle East Institute, with the generous support of the Asfari Foundation, has sought to bring Syrian civil society activists to Washington, D.C. to highlight their work for policymakers and the general public. This short documentary, along with the text and audio clips below, aims to create a portrait of this generation of young activists working to alleviate suffering and lay the foundations for a better future in Syria.