After peaceful protests met with a brutal crackdown by the Syrian regime, a bloddy civil war has ensued, claiming more than 60,000 lives. A rare oasis of stability has been established in one of the conflict zones: Syrian Kurdistan.

While the Damascus regime begins to loose its grip on power in this part of the country, a new society has slowly but constantly been taking form between the winds and the storms of war. The Syrian Kurds are rapidly filling the vacum of military and political power, as they manage to avoid armed confrontation with the Assad regime.

Surrounded by both Islamist groups and the regime, the Kurds are becoming a discret symbol of resistance, identity, freedom and the construction of a renewed civil society in the Middle East.

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