Photographing Tragedy: What Victims Actually Want

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SamerIssawiBy Ramzy Baroud

Photo: Samer Issawi on 1/16/2013 on his way to a hearing. Photo by Oren Ziv courtesy of

When one looks at scenes of fleeing refugees from Syria via images of their squalid refugee camps and hears their pleas for solidarity, mercy or for God’s help to end their suffering, one finds eerie similarities between their experiences and those of the Palestinians, Lebanese and Iraqis. However, the worse part of the tragedy occurs when it is so prolonged that video footage, photos and personal accounts meant to delineate an urgent reality, wind up becoming the ever-present state of affairs, a painful and humiliating status quo.

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