問：HOS 成立至今已超過 3 年半，妳對未來有什麼規劃？是否考慮拍攝更多影片或出版書籍，讓更多讀者知道這些故事？
問：你們有收過 HOS 讀者的回饋嗎？
答：我們的組織裏面有大約 70 位志願者，分別擔任攝影師、翻譯、設計師與專案統籌。我不太能算清楚攝影師究竟有多少人，但可以說超過 40 位。就像我前面提到的，很多攝影師被迫離開他的原居地，所以我不太確定他們現在是否還在參與這個計劃。我在等他們安置下來，但他們必須不斷移動。他們被強制遷離，所以目前沒有未來的規劃，一切都很混亂。所以他們現在要先想好自己的未來，以及棲身在何方。
最初，我們與 12 名國際攝影師共同創辦這個計畫，當時他們也在圍城裡面。後來，每個人呼朋引伴，並在計畫漸漸曝光在媒體後，愈來愈多人開始加入我們的志願團隊。所以我們有了審核團隊，確認每位申請者的能力與技術，他們在被認可並確定價值一致之後就能加入我們的大家庭。
北邊的情況也是一樣的，他們甚至要擔負被逮捕的風險。事實上，我們的一個家庭成員，他是一名住在雅爾矛克難民營的巴勒斯坦攝影師，即使有一條政府協定是說他們會被保護，但他 3 年前即被逮捕，那時我們才剛剛開始這個計畫 5 個月。更不幸的是，幾個月前，我們接到他在那裏被凌虐致死的噩耗。
答：目前為止，我們已經發布超過 300 件故事，有時我們也會跟進這些報導。我不期望他們的生活因此而改變。就我所知，當我們發布這些故事時，這些受訪者總是很高興自己的聲音能被聽見，而且有人對「訴說一個普通人的故事」感興趣。
Q: HOS has established over 3.5 years. What is your future plan? Have you ever considered making more videos or publishing books to reach more readers?
A: For now we're finalizing our website, it’s in the last stages.
Last year was really hard. In 2018, with thousands of Syrians were forcibly displaced from many areas like Eastern Ghouta, Yarmouk Camp, southern Damascus. They were all displaced to the north. And previously it also happened to Daraya, Aleppo and other cities. So most of the photographers are now in the north of Syria and in Idlib and many also entered Turkey. What we're waiting for is for them to settle down so we can have more discussions about the future plans; their safety is NO.1 priority for us right now.
Also, we prepared one video from southern Damascus, and we have a plan to continue working with videos. Although making videos is much harder than shooting photos because they need more editing and more volunteers’ efforts. We consider that for sure.
For publishing books, we’ve considered that, but right now we're looking for someone to support this book project.
Q: Have you ever received any feedback from HOS readers?
A: Yes, actually several times. We’ve received a lot of feedback from people who want to help and some people are part of our family right now. We call it “HOS family”, not just a project; more as a family. And they help us a lot with the translations, connections, exhibitions and organizing events.
We also received a lot of messages from people who were surprised about the stories that they were reading and they didn't even expect that such things were available under siege or that these people were doing these great stuff there.
Q: It is the first time for HOS to cooperate with Chinese media. Do you have any suggestions for Chinese-speaking readers about how they can do for Syrian people?
A: I would suggest to connect more with Syrians, because what's presented on the media is different from the reality. Also, I would suggest to read more and to connect directly with more Syrians.
If they’ve ever met a Syrian, it's better not to talk to them as they are presented stereotypes on the media. Wait and listen and know the person before they treat them as their stereotype.
Q: How many photographers do you collaborate with now? Are they all Syrians?
A: There are around 70 members between photographers, translators, designers and coordinators. I can't count the exact numbers of photographers right now, but it's more than 40. As I said, many of them left the places, so I'm not sure if they are still active right now. I'm waiting for them to settle and they're moving a lot. They were forcibly displaced, so they don't have their future plan; it’s all messy. So they need to figure out what to do in their life and where they're going to stay.
All photographers are Syrian, but they were forced to leave this country. And one photographer who participated at the beginning of the project was an American journalist who visited the camps but all the others are Syrian photographers. For the volunteers, some of them are Lebanese, some of them are US citizen, some of them are from France,some of them are Iranians. So there is a collection of volunteers from all over the world, like we're friends of the family.
At the beginning, we started the project with a group of 12 co-founders that they were international photographers under siege in eastern Ghouta. Then we started towards everyone connected their friends. When the project was more known in the media, people started to ask to volunteer so we have editors group. They’ll check their ability and skills. If they are okay and share the same values, they can join the group of family.
Q: Have the photographers behind HOS encountered any danger? How did they deal with it?
A: Yes, unfortunately, they are under a lot of danger. Many of them were living under siege. There is no water, no electricity, no connections to the outside world. They were under bomb with airstrike and chemical weapons, bombardment and vessels. So they were under daily dangers.
And also in the north, it's the same and also they were under the danger of being arrested. Actually, one member of the family, he was a Palestinian photographer and living in Yarmouk Camp, and there was an agreement with the government that they would be protected. But he got arrested 3 years ago when we started 5 months after we started the project. Unfortunately, few months ago, we receive the news that he was there, died after the torture.
I think it's because he is a great photographer, and he was telling the truth, and he won several awards, and he was well known. I think he was one of the few voices who was telling the truth from Yarmouk Camp. He also participated in a movie and several exhibits, so I think they wanted to shut his voice.
How did they deal with the danger? It depends on the area, depends on the city and their situations. They're under bombs, so they have to live in basements for days, sometimes until the bombardment is finished. Some of the photographers lost their father in a bombardment and some lost their family members; also, many lost their houses, and their kids were under extreme violence and dramas. So there is a lot that they were suffering from on a daily basis. Day by day, they have to face these things. It’s not just about these photographers, it's more about people in Syrian.
Q: How do the photographers find topics to shoot? Are the interviewees all their acquaintances? If not, how do they build trust with them?
A: Well, when they started, we prepared 3 groups of stories or types of stories: short, middle and long. When they do the short story sometimes, it's just about a small chat with the people and then they need to find something special and new that we always wanted to share, so we don't repeat ourselves.
And we’ve told them to avoid the stories about the bombardment, because we wanted more stories about what people are living and how they're overcoming the struggles and the dangers. In the long stories, we usually sit and have a long interview with a person to tell us the story about how they join the revolution, what they live through and what they're struggling with.
Also, we try with most of the stories to have more portraits with people looking to the camera, so the person will know he is being photographed and to have more direct contact with the audience.
Q: Has any interviewee’s life changed after the exposing of their stories?
A: We’ve published like more than 300 stories. Sometimes we followed up with these stories. I don't want to expect that their life changed. What I know is that, when I talked to someone or if I met in person with someone when we publish their stories, they were always happy that they had a voice and that someone was interested to tell a normal person's story.
We were trying to deliver their stories to the world without having any agenda or without being supported for money. So they were always open and willing to share their stories and happy to collaborate.
Photo Credit：Humans Of Syria 臉書專頁