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Huffington Post: ‘Who Is Aleppo?’ Putting A Face on the Syrian Civil War And The Refugee Crisis

We can never forget Omran Daqneesh. GSG’s James Delorey explains the power of photographs and video to create an empathetic, human connection in a way that statistics and numbers cannot.

See below for an excerpt of the article. Click here for the full piece.

On August 18th, a devastating Syrian government or Russian airstrike in Syria’s largest city, Aleppo, destroyed an apartment building, sending dozens to the hospital and adding to the estimated 300,000 Syrians killed in that country’s civil war. Photos and video of one survivor of that attack, five-year-old Omran Daqneesh, shown sitting dazed and wounded on an orange chair in the back of an ambulance, appeared on international news outlets and quickly went viral on social media. The New York Times featured the photo on its front page and its home page. Craig Allen, a Times photo editor, calls the photo “extraordinary… [A]n effective symbol of a war with no winners but very clear losers.”

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