After more than 8 years of war, the conflict in Syria has reached a grinding stalemate, but one part of the country remains a crucible of violence and suffering.
Idlib, Syria’s final rebel-held enclave, is the last sanctuary for opponents of President Assad and the Syrian regime. The province is controlled by various militant factions. The strongest amongst them is Hayat Tahrir al Sham, an alliance of jihadist groups.
There are thousands of fighters in Idlib but it is also home to 3 million civilians including 1 million children, people from all over Syria – already displaced from Homs, Aleppo, Daraa and other places across the country – who have taken refuge there.
As a result of a sustained and brutal campaign of bombardment by the Syrian military and their Russian backers, thousands have been killed and injured yet in the midst of this constant onslaught, life goes on.
Channel 4 News remains committed to documenting the human cost of the violence in Idlib and telling the stories of those whose daily struggle to survive the indiscriminate attacks might otherwise go unreported.
This is the start of a series of films we have commissioned that aim to provide an insight into life and death in Syria’s last bastion of resistance and the government’s mission to destroy it.
(Producer: Kamal Kaddourah)