As the crisis in their country continues, Sara Davies joins the producers and presenters of a Syrian radio station in exile in Istanbul who are providing a daily Sara Davies joins the producers and presenters of a Syrian radio station in exile in Istanbul who have been providing a daily lifeline for their listeners inside Syria and around Europe.
Radio Alwan began in 2013 as a small community radio station in Northern Syria, broadcasting independent information in response to the repression and civil war that followed the demonstrations of 2011. At first the station only broadcast for four hours a day from a transmitter mounted on a van, but before long was increasing its hours and its audience. When the political conflict worsened and the situation for independent media became dangerous Alwan's founder, Ahmad Al-Kaddour, was forced, along with many others, to leave the country.
Now broadcasting from an undisclosed address in a busy district of Western Istanbul, Radio Alwan transmits