syria 2013

SYRIA. Damascus governorate. Damascus. January 30, 2013. Free Syrian Army fighters take cover as a tank shell explodes on a wall after their comrade was shot by sniper fire during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood.

First place, spot news stories at the 2014 World Press Photo Contest.

Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

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Kurdish female fighters stand guard at a check point near the northeastern city of Qamishli, Syria. Sunday, March. 3, 2013.

Posting this because unknown to you all i love AK’s with Folding stocks <3 If i ever went to war all I’d need is an AK w/a folding stock (or just a plain old wood Ak-47) & a G18 and I’ll be good to go! Plus the girls are cute ;)

SYRIA. Aleppo governorate. Aleppo. 2013. ‘Her name is Fadwa. She’s 20 years old, a widow with three children. Every time I asked the women of the Free Syrian Army why they decided to fight, the answer was: “My husband died on the front lines, I will die on the front lines, may God help us.” I tried to make her feel at ease and make sure she didn’t see me as a threat. The pose was her choice. I had to take the pictures fast. Black and white is a safe bet when you are not in control of the light. I was focusing on their eyes and their clothes. Is it a cliché to say I can’t stop looking at the baby?’

Photograph: Sebastiano Tomado/Rex

LEBANON. Tripoli. November 2013. Children in front of a shattered wall. They sum up how families are living in the middle of the conflict. 

The Bab al-Tabbaneh–Jabal Mohsen conflict is a recurring conflict between Sunni Muslim residents of the Bab-al-Tibbaneh and Alawite Muslim residents of the Jabal Mohsen neighbourhoods. Residents of the two neighbourhoods have been rivals since the Lebanese Civil War, and have often engaged in violence. They are divided along sectarian lines, as well as by their opposition or support of the Alawite-led Syrian government. Violence flared up during the Syrian Civil War spillover in Lebanon.

Photograph: Lorenzo Meloni/Magnum Photos

SYRIA. Rojava (Western Kurdistan). Al-Hasakah governorate. Near Serê Kaniyê/Ral al-Ayn. November 6, 2013. A Kurdish female fighter from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) checks her weapon after capturing it from Islamist rebels (al-Nusra Front).

Photograph: Reuters

Lent and asceticism become a way of return, but they are not the purpose. Otherwise, they turn to become a movement of selfishness, separating us from the face of Christ, and making us feel “self-righteous.” Lent is the reversing from the self-gratifying desires to the controlled desires directed towards God and the neighbor. Lent is the changing of our love from the self to the outside (God-man). So the subject here is not strengthening our powers but rather doing the work of love. It is a personal change and a freedom from the bonds of slavery.

+ His Eminence Metropolitan Paul of Aleppo, kidnapped and still missing in Syria since 2013