Abandoned in Idlib – photographer JOHN WREFORD.

Quote of the day: “We cannot stop HATE but we can bring PEACE to our selves and our shelves.” Ouch, I am sharing this blogpost by John Wreford. This Syria thing is controversial. I avoid talking politics in my pages. I won’t give a bitcoin for Trump campaign lol I understand empathically what you are doing or you hope to do with your selfless and freelance photographer activity. You are showing, as direct witness, a reality which is far from Western World understanding. You are mirroring one part of my soul and that’s why I want to share it. I appreciate your effort to shout out Syrians as people behind the stigma of Global Terrorism. Ain’t it? If this is your intention I approve it. Except you can’t expect Western World is prepared or willing to know more about those stories. You are a rare soulful voice on this WP. Perhaps one of the bigger hearts that are running on this Earth at this moment. I know a few. The British men I am getting to know it seems like you are educated to heal the world. I can’t say it better. Maybe Lady D’s legacy? In my case, I choose to focus attention on Western World stories because a big healing is required here and a big social hypnosys is on … hearts and minds are being medicated … this is my cause. While you are looking Eastern, for whatever reason, I am looking nearby the Western. And what I see I don’t like either cases. But I love what you are doing. Especially the literary collection of Syrian authors. You are giving a voice to Eastern and Balkans in our Western society. Someone got to do that lol Where are the brave gone? I would say, they went to Damascus. And settled lol Good luck. Stay safe x Antonella x

John Wreford Photographer

Atmeh camp clings to the side of a hill on the edge of the Syrian-Turkish border. Colored plastic bags flap like flags trapped in the rolls of razor wire that separate the two countries. Turkish soldiers watch from a guard post on the hill above. And just to be clear, Atmeh camp is on the Syrian side of the border, part of Idlib province now under the control of the opposition.

Atmeh Refugee Camp, Idlib, Syria. June 17th 2013. Internally displaced child Syrian refugees in the Atmeh refugee camp, Idlib province Syria

As we enter the camp the scene is messy and chaotic. Water carriers and foam mattresses are being unloaded from a couple of small trucks, an ambulance screams past on its way to a Turkish hospital with a newborn child. A moment of panic and everyone scuttles for cover as a Syrian warplane is spotted in the distance…

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