Myrna Nazzour: Mystic in Damascus

Myrna Nazzour lives a deep mystic experience started in 1982 with oil pouring from her hands and eventually including apparitions, cures and stigmata. Blessed by the Greek-Catholic Church and approved by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch, whose written approval is exhibited in her house, Myrna continues her experience and spreads a message of Unity for the Church.   

Angelique Sanossian

Angelique Sanossian is a young Syrian photographer whose journey through photography and voluntarism, especially with deaf kids, led to a special view on non-spoken communication.

Elias Zahlawi: Not an average priest

Father Elias Zahlawi is renowned in Syria for his open mind and activism for inter-religious dialogue. In an open letter addressed to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, the Greek-Catholic priest calls for religious tolerance in addition to expressing his worries about the repercussions produced by the "scarce knowledge in the Western church of the realities within the Arab world".

Rising Syrian star: virtuoso clarinetist Kinan Azmeh

Hailed as a “virtuoso” by the New York Times, clarinetist Kinan Azmeh is one of Syrian music rising stars. His young but intensive career brought his sound, across different musical genders, to a worldwide audience, from Syria to America, Europe and Japan.

Reported by Hazar Jaber – U.S.A. 

Mehiar Ali sculpts life

Syrian Mehiar Ali sculpts a bridge between two cultures: Syria, where he was born and lives now and Italy, where he was grown up and completed his studies. His work is a research into Human Being, making it pieces to then recompose it again in a universal image, which is also a travel into his own soul.

A passion for drums

Inas Halal inherited a passion for drums from her father Rabie, who taught her the percussion until he passed away. Today Inas is the only woman in Syria to play percussions.

Photos by Ibrahim Malla

Two Syrian dentists making American kids smile

Hazar Jaber and Hani Eid are an example of success in life and business. From Syria to the U.S. they never stopped working with creativity for their projects, for their community and for their family.

Dr. Abdul Rahman Attar: the unique formula

Prominent businessman Dr. Abdul Rahman Attar has a unique touch for business and humanitarian issues. President Attar Group, of the International Chamber of Commerce in Syria, of the Lebanese-Syrian Banking Committee, among his many other charges he always keeps a special place in his agenda for Syrian Arab Red Crescent, of which he is the National President as well as Executive Board Member of the Governing Board of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

On the set with the 5 Sabaya

“Sabaya” meaning “girls” is a hit television soap opera which first aired in 2009. About five girls with five very different personalities, the series follows the ups and downs on their life in a shared house in Damascus. The second series was on the screen during Ramadan as it is tradition for the most successful series.

Jawqat al-Farah: Singing with Joy

Jawkat al Farah is one of Syria's most prestigious choirs. With a wide-ranging repertoire of Oriental and Western music sung in a variety of languages, the ever-growing choir is a popular act at festivals and concerts and became the new Christmas tradition in Damascus.