iconic images of human rights violations, photography and journalism

Iconic Images of Human Rights Violations (155): Food Aid in Yarmouk, Damascus

Residents wait to receive food aid distributed at the besieged al-Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus on January 31, 2014

Residents wait to receive food aid distributed at the besieged al-Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus on January 31, 2014

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Yarmouk, a Palestinian neighborhood in Damascus, has been under siege by the Syrian army since July 2013.

At least 55 people have died from hunger and the majority of children are suffering from malnutrition, according to a Palestinian activist living in Yarmouk.

About 20,000 people are currently besieged in Yarmouk. The regime of Bashar al-Assad says “terrorists” are holding people hostage. Beyond the tactical starvation, Syrian jets have also been bombing the area.

This picture, published by United Nations Relief Workers Agency, shows a seemingly endless line of people waiting for food aid.

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Satellite Evidence of Human Rights Violations (14): Syria

These satellite images depict the Masha al-Arbeen neighborhood in Hama before, during and after the government razed it to the ground:

These satellite images depict the Masha al-Arbeen neighborhood in Hama before, during and after the government razed it to the ground

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This image shows the demolition of residential and commercial buildings along the road between Mezzeh air base and the Darayah neighborhood of Damascus:

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Thousands of families have lost their homes as a result of these demolitions. All of the affected neighborhoods were widely considered by the authorities and by witnesses interviewed by Human Rights Watch to be opposition strongholds.

The demolitions were supposedly essential to drive out opposition fighters. Local residents told that government forces gave little or no warning of the demolitions, making it impossible for them to remove most of their belongings. They said that they had received no compensation. A clear case of collective punishment of communities suspected of supporting the rebellion.

More posts in this series are here.

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Iconic Images of Human Rights Violations (122): Casualties in Stalingrad

As Russians are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Stalingrad – even temporarily giving Volgograd back its old name – here’s a useful reminder of the horror of the event:

Stalingrad civilian casualties 1942

Stalingrad civilian casualties 1942

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