Life and Death in Syria’s ongoing Civil War

Leaving Syria in February

Leaving Syria in February

In 2013 I made two trips into war-torn Northern Syria to photograph the effects of the conflict upon the people and landscape of Aleppo. I have been asked numerous times to talk about what it’s like to work in a conflict environment. I visited Aleppo in February and April of 2013, and was scheduled to return again in August. However, during the summer of 2013 the Islamic State of Iraq and Al Sham (ISIS), formerly known as Al-Quaeda in Iraq, made a major push into the Aleppo area, displacing other rebel groups and rendering access by foreign journalists all but impossible. My recounting of Aleppo is during the time before ISIS had asserted its dominance, and Aleppo was accessible to photographers such as myself.

This story is my attempt to share my personal experience working and living in a war zone in a way that can convey what it was really like.

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