The war raging on in Syria has engulfed three million homes, siphoned off circa $150 billion, and forced more than 3 million people to seek refuge outside Syria; with an additional third of the population stranded inside the country without shelter, according to international studies.
Rozana polled a sample of Syrians to learn their opinion of what is happening in their country, and to give them a voice to offer the solutions they feel are best suited to resolve their problems. Says Ahmed, a student at the Faculty of Commerce in Daraa, "I do not know anything about international law; all I do know, though, is that the entire world—peoples and governments—have simply abandoned us in our plight."
Anas, a 26 years old graduate student at the Faculty of Pharmacy in Aleppo, had the same dream as Ahmed—namely "freedom" and overthrowing the regime. The young man his mobilization as a peaceful activist; but in light of the current situation, and the war machine crushing the country, his priorities shifted. Anas' main concern now is to inspecting people's lot, and working to secure the most basic necessities of survival in areas under siege; as he told Rozana.
What is the solution?
Rozana conducted a field survey, targeting a random sample of Syrians mainly in the Syrian interior; as well as fugitives from the war in neighboring countries—Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.
The questionnaire, which was distributed to 75 individuals, stressed a question regarding the current initiatives to resolve the crisis in Syria through direct negotiations with the regime, as proposed by UN envoy DiMistura recently. The questionnaire also focused upon capturing the Syrian street's position—whether positively or negatively—vis-a-vis this proposal; as it is the party primarily concerned with its acceptance, rejection, or amendment.
Demographic diversity (age, gender, educational level) was considered, so as to secure the highest participation rate of women (nearly 30%); as well as taking into account age groups, with the below-forty age group comprising 70%, while those above forty comprised 30 % of the sample group.
The Rozana website went to great pains to reach the target samples; taking into account maintaining its journalists'—as well as respondents'—security and well-being. This is especially salient, since a large number of participants either live in areas controlled by the Syrian regime; or in areas outside its control, where the likes of ISIS and other militant groups have control, thus making the process of communicating with people extremely dangerous.