SYRIA. March-April 2016. Aleppo and Homs governorates. What war brings.
(1) The Salaheddin district of Aleppo, which was then only 50% under government control. Streets are blocked off with rubble and a bus.
(2) A view inside the ancient Souk of Aleppo, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
(3) Destruction inside the former Maronite Cathedral of Aleppo.
(4) A view of the destruction in Homs.
(5) The ancient cemetery in the Bab Amr district of Homs.
(6) A defaced statue lies amongst holes left by the controlled detonation of mines planted by ISIS militants in central Palmyra.
(7) The tarmac of the road leading into the centre of Palmyra, torn open by mines laid at 50-meter intervals by retreating ISIS militants. These could not be deactivated and had to be detonated by Syrian and Russian bomb disposal teams.
The killing fields in Syria spread quickly. Blood has spilled from streets to neighbourhoods, urban centres out to the countryside, and eventually to ancient ruins. No corner of the country has been spared. Hundreds of thousands have been killed and millions have fled internally, crossed into neighbouring countries or Europe, exacerbating a global refugee crisis.
Syria is now the land of both the living and the dead.
Photographs: Lorenzo Meloni/Magnum Photos