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Documenting Syria Civil War: By Russell Chapman

Posted on: January 2, 2014

Documenting Syria Civil War: By Russell Chapman

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I have spent a month in Syria looking at the war in order to understand why this war is happening.

At the moment I am in the process of writing about my experience. I had the opportunity to talk to many people from political, military and humanitarian wings of the new Syrian opposition.

My intention is to give as clear a description of what I found as possible.

With that, I also took many photos of what I saw and they form a chronological record of my time in this fascinating country.

After two years of war I find the people very resilient and resourceful.

What really amazed me was the children- how they deal with the war really encapsulates the spirit and determination of this people.

I will be making exhibitions of my pictures from Syria that form a narrative to the human side of what is a very difficult situation for so many people.

Here in this post are a very small number of images that give a taste of what I have done.

Children in the Bab Al Salam refugee camp

The first major battle win by the FSA

Azaz, graveyard of the tanks. The first major battle win by the FSA

This boy was injured by shrapnel. His father is rushing him to a field hospital

This boy was injured by shrapnel. His father is rushing him to a field hospital

I was across the road when a cannon shell hit this apartment building. Fortunately nobody was hurt

I was across the road when a cannon shell hit this apartment building. Fortunately nobody was hurt

FSA fighters. Front-line Aleppo

I had to get into a sniper position to get this photo. Was by far my riskiest shot

I had to get into a sniper position to get this photo. Was by far my riskiest shot

They have no international help. They build shelters with what they can find

They have no international help. They build shelters with what they can find

Note: Currently, the Syrian army, aided by “civilian defense forces” who are fed up with the extremist religious factions are reconquering the lost territories. Basically, Da3esh are still holding on a portion close to Turkish borders called the Edleb district and Deir el Zour district on the borders with Iraq..

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