Award of Excellence|
"SYRIA UNDER SIEGE"
The civilian unrest in the Syrian Arab Republic has been on-going since March 2011 and is continuing to affect civilians, particularly in the most vulnerable segments of the population. According to United Nations, at least 60,000 people have been killed since March 2011. The number of Syrian refugees registered by the United Nations in the Middle East and North Africa has passed half a million. The crisis in Syria did catch my attention and interest right from the start of the uprising and even ahead of it. However, having access and being able to get inside the country was difficult: with the accelerating violence and unstable situation in Syria it became almost impossible for journalists to know when and how to access hot spots of the conflict. At defining moment for myself, I decided to come to Lebanon and wait for the right moment to get into Syria. I spent more than a month with families and the free Syrian army in several trips I did this year, trying to understand what they were thinking, feelings and experiences and I was invited to capture their life in very private moments. The situation keeps on deteriorating in villages and cities in the country, leaving people without protection, shelter, food and water. Many civilians have been killed while the others are facing fear every day.
Heavy shelling on the restive village of Zabadani. At night Al Assad army shot flares to localise Free Syrian Army positions on August 8, 2012.