When wars end or conflicts wane international and media attention moves on. But post-conflict zones are often the scene of immense profiteering by organised crime and its regime partners. They are spaces where the fortunes made during the fighting become visible. Until recently journalists and the communities affected had few compelling means of making this struggle visible. This newsroom brings together international journalists, local reporters and citizen groups to capture the reality of post-conflict land-grabs and exploitative redevelopments. Using open source data, on-the-ground testimony, documentary evidence and money trails we are documenting the transformation of urban areas in the wake of war.
Our pilot focuses on Syria, in partnership with SIRAJ (Syrian Investigative Reporting for Accountability Journalism). Working with international and Syrian media including OCCRP (Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project), Rozana, and Media Bridge, we are building a ground-level picture of the destruction of property rights and the profits reaped from redevelopment projects in the Syrian capital and suburbs, including the foreign investment and secretive financial arrangements facilitating them.