On 7th October 2015, RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in WAR) celebrated the incredible courage and inspiring work of Kholoud Waleed, a journalist and editor of the underground newspaper ‘Enab Baladi’.
Kholoud Waleed, co-founder of ‘Enab Baladi’(Grapes of my Country) bravely reports to the world and to the people in Syria about the atrocities of the conflict, despite the dangers, she and her colleagues face every day.
Three of the newspaper journalists were killed and others were detained in Syria. Kholoud Waleed’s reporting, and ‘Enab Baladi’, form a small island of truth and respect for the people in Syria amidst the horrors of the war.
In 2012, alongside a group of female friends, Kholoud Waleed started organising demonstrations calling for democracy, free elections and human rights. The group also helped children and other family members of those who had been killed or detained. The group then founded ‘Enab Baladi‘ – a newspaper reporting about daily life in Syria, exposing the war crimes against civilians and the ongoing oppression of independent voices.
The group behind ‘Enab Baladi’, most of them women, have to hide and write under pseudonyms, and the majority are either in hiding in Syria or are refugees in Turkey and Lebanon. Khaloud and her colleagues are facing daily the threat of detention or death if the authorities find out they write for ‘Enab Baladi’.
Despite the danger to her life, Kholoud has worked tirelessly in order to inform people in Syria about the atrocities and war crimes they are suffering and to speak out against the violence the country and its citizens are enduring.