Last January, when Kurdish forces ended the Islamic State’s five-month siege of Kobani, a contested town on the Syrian and Turkish border, the local population rejoiced. The scene today is very different, says photographer Lorenzo Meloni, who, alongside his @magnumphotos colleague Moises Saman, photographed the region earlier this month. “During the war, the enthusiasm for every victory over the Islamic State generated widespread satisfaction and gratification,” he explains. “Today, however, the city is mostly destroyed. Many people have lost their homes…although the reconstruction process has already began, it will take a long time and a lot of money before the city returns to a semblance of normality.” In this image, a young boy, working as a blacksmith, is seen in Kobani on Aug. 8, 2015. Photograph by Lorenzo Meloni—Magnum. Read more and see more images on lightbox.time.com. http://ift.tt/1JGVJFa
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