TURKEY, YUMURTALIK : A militant of Islamic State (IS) is seen just after an air strike on Tilsehir hill near Turkish border on October 23, 2014, at Yumurtalik village, in Sanliurfa province. Turkey said on October 21 that Kurdish peshmerga fighters based in Iraq have yet to cross into Syria from Turkish territory, a day after announcing it was assisting their transit to join the battle for the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab. It was seen as a major switch in policy by Turkey, which until now has refused to interfere in the over month-long battle for Kobane between Syrian Kurdish fighters and Islamic State (IS) jihadists. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC

The heroes and the miracle baby

Suriyede bombalanan bir evin icinden cikarilan 2 haftalik bebek.


Eddie Gerald documented the battles between Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

Eddie Gerald is an independent photographer who specializes in documentary projects, mostly abroad, and teaches at the Hadassah College of Technology in Jerusalem. He is represented by the Laif Agency in Germany. In October, the Uvda investigative journalism program sent him, together with Itai Anghel, to northern Iraq and Syria. During their visit, Gerald and Anghel documented places of combat and interviewed members of Islamic State who had been captured by the Kurds. This was the first time that Western journalists were allowed access to the captives. The film will be shown on Uvda on Monday, December 22, at 9 P.M.

In order for a group like ISIS to survive they need an enormous amount of financial and military support. They need arms, they need food, they need tons of cash! They are not producing anything, they are destroying everything, and that’s why they need to get continuously funded! They have recruited thousands of delusional fighters, they have to feed them, take care of them, pay them, and all the while making sure they are heavily armed! Who actually supports ISIS? Virtually every state in the world is vehemently against them, some of their neighbours, like Iran, are their most staunch enemies! How do they survive?

Do war profiteers actually ever care about the pain and suffering of Syrians and Iraqi or are they more concerned about their own political agenda? If love, peace, and compassion was the concern this horrific garbage ISIS would have been destroyed a long time ago! War is a business, those who profit from it are more concerned about their pockets than the lives of millions of civilians! You want to destroy ISIS, then bankrupt them! It’s much easier than you think! But those who are set to benefit from it all don’t really care to do that! They would much rather profit, along with their corporate sponsors, sending fighter jets to bomb “terrorist targets”, which inevitably end up killing numerous civilians, and do nothing to diminish the actual ideology!

Syria's Last Christians Fight to Save Their Land

Syria’s Last Christians Fight to Save Their Land

Johan Cosar inspects a rocket propelled grenade launcher at a Syriac Military Council base.(Photo: Martin Bader for USA TODAY)

Unlit Christmas lights adorn this small but largely isolated Christian town in northeastern Syria. But with only a few hours of electricity every day and most Christians gone the dark lights are a grim reminder of what used to be.


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A million wounded in Syria's war, says WHO

Destroyed buildings, including Dar Al-Shifa hospital, are seen on Sa’ar street in Aleppo, Syria.  Photo: AFP/GETTY

December 19, 2014 by Richard Spencer

A million people have been wounded in the Syrian conflict, according to a new estimate by the World Health Organisation. 

"In Syria, they have a million people injured as a direct result of the war,” the WHO representative, Elizabeth Hoff said. 

“You can see it in the country when you travel around. You see a lot of amputees. This is the biggest problem.”

The WHO, the United Nations health arm, has been delivering medical help to Syria from the start of the conflict, but has to operate through Damascus. 

Ms Hoff, in an interview with Reuters, said the health system had collapsed, meaning that disease was spreading rapidly through a country already plagued by violence. 

Monitoring groups outside the country say the number of people known to have been killed by the war has now passed 200,000, with some saying the total figure is likely to be much higher. 

Given the normal ratio in war of deaths to injuries, the estimate of a million casualties is not surprising. But the figure, out of a total population of about 22 million, shows the reach of the war throughout the country. 

In addition, between 3-4 million Syrians have fled the country, with many living in increasingly squalid refugee camps in neighbouring countries, or begging on the streets of the region’s cities. 

Ms Hoff said that typhoid and hepatitis were spreading through the population as vaccination rates plunged from 90 per cent before the war to 52 per cent now. 

Many public hospitals have also been destroyed, while water supplies are increasingly contaminated. 

Ms Hoff said there had been 6,500 cases of typhoid in 2014, and 4,200 cases of measles. 

Doctors in opposition areas have also told reporters, including The Telegraph’s, that tuberculosis is also advancing. 

There are also widespread cases of skin diseases spread by flies that are attracted by the rubble and rubbish of war, including leishmaniasis and myiasis, also known as screw-worm. 

Ms Hoff said delivering to supplies to rebel-held areas - where many health services have been bombed by the regime’s air force - had been hindered by the government’s refusal to give permission. 

"What has been a problem is the regularity of supply," she said. "The approvals are sporadic."

She said that 13.5 million individual treatments had been supplied during 2014, but that “the needs are not possible to believe”.

Around the World from Australia to Afghanistan with @andrewquilty

To see more of Andrew’s images from Afghanistan and beyond, follow @andrewquilty on Instagram.

“I try to articulate the simple, yet harsh everyday lives of Afghans. I suppose I’m fascinated to observe a young population that has known no reality but war in forty years,” says Australian photojournalist Andrew Quilty (@andrewquilty). Currently based in Kabul, he covers news events around the region, including the unfolding crises spilling across the borders of northern Iraq, Turkey, and Syria. His own life journey began very differently, on beaches in the South Pacific. “I grew up in Sydney and spent my post-high school years surfing there and all over Australia and Indonesia,” he explains. “My interest in photography came a couple of years into that, and I began to combine the two obsessions when I got myself an underwater camera housing. Over time my passion for photography—as it became my career—began to override surfing. So much so that I now find myself living in a landlocked desert of a country, Afghanistan.”

SYRIA, Douma : A woman walks pushing a pram between the rubble of destroyed buildings in the besieged rebel bastion of Douma on December 13, 2014. Douma, a rebel bastion northeast of Damascus, has been under government siege for more than a year, with residents facing dwindling food and medical supplies. AFP PHOTO / ABD DOUMANY

Syrian refugee women bear the scars and trauma of a civil war that has killed thousands of people and displaced millions. The Syrian women in Lebanon’s capital Beirut have found an unexpected source of healing: the theater stage.

Through performances of the Greek drama “Antigone,” the women have rediscovered their strength and voice. They work with writers to incorporate their own experiences into the script and are paid for their work. The performers, who are provided with childcare during rehearsal, say they feel alive again, more human. “We were not born just to listen, just to obey, just to receive orders,” says Mona, one of the actresses. “We should be able to stand up for something in our lives.”

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