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    The Children of Aleppo


    In early 2013, I traveled to Aleppo to witness the conflict I had only seen on cable news. I had just graduated from college in South Texas and thought if I wanted to become a conflict photographer I couldn't wait until somebody gave me a chance to go with a media outlet. I would have to go myself.


    I spent a lot of time with different Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups, but I was always drawn to the children that lived in the fractured city.


    In these images I think I captured the inherent hope and joy all children have, but with the pain and despair that comes with witnessing the ugliness of war.


    As a father of a 6-year-old boy, I hope he never has to see in a life time what these children have seen in just one day.


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