Sirwan Kajjo joined VOA in 2012 as an international broadcaster at the Kurdish service. He was born in the town of Amuda in northern Syria. He now works for VOA’s Extremism Watch Desk, where he focuses on Islamic militancy, extremism, and conflict in the Middle East and beyond. Prior to joining VOA, Sirwan worked for a number of news outlets and research centers in Washington and abroad. He has written two book chapters on Syria and the Kurds, published by Indiana University Press and Cambridge University Press. He is also the author of Nothing But Soot, a novel set in Syria.
As countries around the world grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, the autonomous administration in northeast Syria has taken certain measures to prevent the virus from spreading, including a lockdown throughout the region
The ongoing crisis in northern and central Mali could spill over into the southern part of the West African country if conflicts over land and other natural resources are not addressed, warns a peace-building group