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    Posted June 10, 2014 by
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    A CHILD REMEMBERS THE HOMS MASSACRE

     

    Some of the first shots in the Syrian Revolution (before groups like ISIS appeared) were directed at demonstrators in Homs. They had congregated in the middle of town to call for the resignation of Bashar Al-Assad when government forces began a brutal crack down.

     

    When I visited Turkey and Syria more than a year ago, with writer Malcolm Garcia, we met school children who had moved with their families to Antakya, Turkey. Many children recalled violent clashes between demonstrators and the Syrian Army, but one girl used art to tell her story.

     

    We were asked to not name the girl or the school for fear of retaliation against them from locals who were sympathetic to the Assad regime, but we were allowed to photograph her interpretation of what happened during the Homs massacre.

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