For six years, violence has brought death and destruction to the people of Syria. Millions have been forced from their homes or have fled the country. Eight million Syrians remain displaced within Syria. Five million people live in besieged cities and hard-to-reach areas and 4.8 million Syrians have fled, living as refugees in neighboring countries and beyond. Many of these are the most vulnerable, including children. Since the beginning, in spite of the dangers, the ICRC, alongside the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, has been providing food and life-saving support to Syrians. This year alone, our team in Syria has carried out more than 57 cross frontline operations, bringing food and essential aid to eight million people, and clean water to millions more. And while these statistics are critical, it’s important to remember that behind each of these numbers are individuals, struggling to survive and protect their families and loved ones in the middle of a conflict zone. You can read more stories at SyriaStreet.com.
For this week’s roundup, we take a look at some of the conversations and discussions happening around the people living and working in Syria as portrayed by the media and other online outlets. **
How one man’s pause became a haunting symbol of Aleppo’s destruction (Washington Post)
As Avi Selk reports, the world has followed Syria's long civil war through viral images. Its horrors were chronicled on Twitter by a 7-year-old girl. Its politics were humanized in a little boy's letter, read aloud on the White House's YouTube channel. Even so, after six years of bombings and atrocities and dead children, rebel surges and army advances, a single still frame of an old man on a bed stirred something deep in many people, many thousands of miles away.
Yochi Dreazen reports on the photography project spearheaded by Save the Children. Late last month, the aid group sent photographer Nick Ballon to the Syrian-Turkey border with a grim mission: Put a human face on the suffering of the estimated 7.5 million Syrian children directly impacted by the country’s brutal civil war. The resulting project includes portraits of six Syrian children — one for each year of the conflict — and then visual interpretations of key parts of their stories by UK-based animator Alma Haser.
Jo Shelley writes about the woman who spent the past year bearing witness to conflict: to the destruction of her city, the death of her neighbors, and the constant dangers of life under siege.
Talking love and revolution in war-torn Syria (Al Jazeera)
Mariya Petkova tells the story of a Syrian couple brought together by the Syrian revolution. “She says it was her greatest fear that she would graduate and get employed in a bureaucratic state institution and live a routine life regulated to the minutia by the regime. The revolution not only wiped out this nightmarish scenario, but it also set her on a completely different life path. Taking up the revolution as her calling, Lina started living a precarious new life as an activist. But it was this new life that brought her together with her husband, Youssef.”
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