FLEEING SYRIA Refugees often forgotten amid Syrian civil war

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Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2013 10:00 pm | Updated: 12:16 pm, Tue Sep 17, 2013.

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Editor’s Note: With a U.S.-Russia deal at hand on Syrian chemical weapons, the debate over a possible military strike on Syria has been put on hold, for now. But often lost in the discussion is the humanitarian crisis mounting inside that country and around its borders, where hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees have found themselves stranded with no relief in sight. Tony O’Brien of Santa Fe, an award-winning photojournalist who began his photography career at The New Mexican 40 years ago, recently traveled to Jordan to photograph the largest of the Syrian refugee camps for Relief International, a humanitarian organization. His firsthand account and accompanying photographs of that visit offer a poignant look at the people displaced and often forgotten in the ongoing civil war.

“My jacket. I don’t know why. I can’t stop thinking about it. It wasn’t expensive. I paid three dinars, secondhand.”

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1 comment:

  • David van Dyk posted at 12:04 pm on Tue, Oct 1, 2013.

    david van dyk Posts: 1

    Tony O'Brien puts remakable human faces on the tragedy that is unfolding in Syria
    .His skills of translating personal tragedy of today into the hope of the victims for the future is optimistic and forward thinking. Now, let's hope the leaders of the world can bring the Waring parties together and share in this human optimism.


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