Residents in a government-held part of Aleppo’s Salaheddin neighbourhood watch as buses evacuate rebel fighters and their families from rebel-held neighbourhoods in Syria’s northern embattled city on December 15, 2016. A convoy of ambulances and buses left rebel territory in Aleppo in the first evacuations under a deal for opposition fighters to leave the city after years of fighting. The rebel withdrawal will pave the way for President Bashar al-Assad’s forces to reclaim complete control of Syria’s second city, handing the regime its biggest victory in more than five years of civil war.



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


SYRIA. Aleppo & Homs governorates. March 2016. While Syrian refugees arriving in Europe receive most of the media’s attention, two-thirds of dislodged Syrians are IDPs (Internally Displaced Person). As of now, more than half the population of Syria (around 22M) has been displaced, meaning that more than half of Syrians are refugees.

At least 500.000 have already perished. Syria has become the land of both the dead and the living.

(1) A family living in one room in a former university building, converted into housing for IDPs from surrounding districts, in Aleppo.

(2) An internally displaced woman holds her baby in the building where they now live in the Salaheddin district of Aleppo.

(3) (4) (5) Internally displaced persons live in a former school, converted into a refugee centre by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, in the Bab Amr district of Homs.

Photographs: Lorenzo Meloni/Magnum Photos

Up there…

A female member of the Ahbab Al-Mustafa Battalion stands on a pick-up truck mounted with an anti-aircraft weapon as she undergoes military training in Aleppo’s Salaheddine district, on June 24, 2013. (Reuters/Muzaffar Salman)

*At first I thought there was some guy in a window in the upper right hand corner, then I realized it was a poster.

IRAQ, AMERLI : Iraqi people take water from a humanitarian aid convoy in Amerli on September 1, 2014 after Iraqi forces broke through to the jihadist-besieged Shiite town the previous day, where thousands of people have been trapped for more than two months with dwindling food and water supplies. The mainly Shiite Turkmen residents of the town in Salaheddin province were running desperately short of food and water, and were in danger both because of their Shiite faith, which jihadists consider heresy, and their resistance to the militants, which has drawn harsh retribution elsewhere. AFP PHOTO / JM LOPEZ