Syria Watch provides users with real-time notifications of attacks launched against civilian/IDP targets in Syria. Classifying them by type of attack and providing greater context, this application seeks to help people outside Syria understand the level of near perpetual danger people in Syria currently experience daily.
Syria Watch is a project of the Syrian Emergency Task Force, a 501-C(3) organization based in Washington, D.C. SETF provides humanitarian assistance to several IDP hotspots in Syria, coordinates pending legal work against the Syrian regime, and advocates for a democratic, stable, and secular future Syria. Development and support for this application have been generously donated by Metova Software.
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This app is so well done and really helps to keep us informed on the constant atrocities happening in Syria.
It is a good idea to find an app that makes you aware of what is happening on the ground
To rate this app with stars seems inconsistent with its purpose. To even call it an ‘app’ feels strange and irrelevant. Every time I read a notification, “Assad forces … bombed … village … with heavy artillery” and “Russian forces bombard … village … with heavy artillery”, the initial almost undetectable thought that runs through my mind is that someone is waging war against a strong and vicious enemy. A powerful force that has to be decimated by brutal prolific bombing. But of course the next split second realization is that the “enemy“ are all mostly – overwhelmingly – unarmed innocent people! “Villages”!! So that in turn hammers home the overwhelming reminder of how heinous and horrible and cruel these attacks truly are. I sit here working from home and my phone is quietly flashing with banners. Over and over again. I don’t even have to open the messages. I just raise my phone and read, “Rural Hama … Rocket launches, target Al Sirmaniyah …” to viscerally feel the painful reminder. How would I “rate” that? The information provided is a storyboard for a horror film. But this story is actually happening right now! Why won’t it stop?! Why do these reminders KEEP COMING?!? If I must “review” this app, then I will testify to how powerful this constant flow of information is. I’m not in Syria and I don’t see these attacks myself. It was so easy just to forget and not think about. But not anymore. Sure, I could turn off the notifications. But that would be tantamount to closing my window so as to not see the domestic violence going on next door. I need to keep it in front of me. Cry out for help. Call somebody. “911, what’s your emergency?”, “Yeah, a village in Southern Idlib is getting bombed by Russian and Assad forces. Send somebody as soon as possible. Bring back up. Stop the killing and arrest the murders and bring them to justice. Please! Hurry!!”
- Metova, Inc.
- 14.5 MB
Requires iOS 13.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Frequent/Intense Realistic Violence
- Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.