Our textbooks have discussed how Western Media has come to cover more domestic Middle Eastern events and helped to bring further awareness of these issues to a wider global audience. This has become bluntly obvious in the aftermath of the Arab Spring in which the global audience was fascinated by the toppling of three major Middle Eastern regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya. However, the initial success of the Arab Spring has waned over the past year and a half as the Assad Regime, which was better prepared to combat a rebellion than say Mubarak was, has fought a brutal struggle for power that has caused more than 70,000 casualties according to the New York Times. The violence has escalated to a point where Damascus University has sustained mortar fire over the past couple of days signalling that the war could begin to enter an even bloodier chapter. The other tragedy in this conflict is the growing refugee crisis and large number of IDPs coming out of Syria into neighboring countries such as Turkey and Jordan.
I found a great article this morning that brings this conflict to light in a more dramatic way. On BBC world news, I found an article dedicated to pictures of refugees holding their most valuable items from their homes in Syria as they stay at UNHCR camps in Turkey and Jordan. The link to the article is at the end of this post. But, I find it important to show some of the pictures here as well.
In this picture, a young Syrian woman holds her personal quran while enjoying some time with her two young children.
This man holds a picture of his wife whom he lost contact with as he fled from Syria. This occurred, according to BBC, about 20 days after she gave birth to his child. The sad reality of war is the separation of loved ones.
This young Syrian woman brought her diploma with her to Turkey. She clearly values her education and is a staunch parallel to the more religious woman we saw in the first picture.
In Pictures: Syrian Refugees’ most important things