Politics · Syria

Sometimes you do what you have to do

We have seen pictures of Syrian corpses lying on the streets and Syrian children in frigid cold refugee camps. But this picture says a lot about the dire situation in Syria. I wonder whether the most powerful nations on earth like USA, Russia, China, England and France can’t help end this war or they won’t. I am clueless of how and when this war is going to end.

One of the photos published in The Guardian – The best photographs of 2013

Female fighter in Syria. ‘Her name is Fadwa. She’s 20 years old, a widow with three children. Every time I asked the women of the Free Syrian Army why they decided to fight, the answer was: “My husband died on the front lines, I will die on the front lines, may God help us.” This was taken in a secret location in Aleppo. I tried to make her feel at ease and make sure she didn’t see me as a threat. The pose was her choice. I had to take the picture fast. Black and white is a safe bet when you are not in control of the light. I was focusing on their eyes and their clothes. Is it a cliche to say I can’t stop looking at the baby?’

Source: The Guardian


9 thoughts on “Sometimes you do what you have to do

  1. Arabs do not care about Arabs so why should the West care about Arabs? Al Qaeda and ISIS fighting FSA and Jabhat Al Nusra. What better way for terrorists to fight terrorists? Meanwhile, Assad continues to kill civilians. Ummaton Arabiaton Wahida thatu Resalaten Khaleda is the Ba’ath Party slogan.


    1. I agree with you Arabs don’t care about Arabs. Why should the west care? Because when you see a human being harmed you try to help even if his brother doesn’t want to help.
      If the west silence is to give time and space for the terrorists to kill each other then this plan is not going to end well.
      The west helped eliminate Qathafi so why not Assad?
      From the Arab side instead of seeing actions to stop the war we see Saudi Arabia donating 3 billions to Lebanon to fight Hezbollah.


  2. It`s beyond madness, I -personally- try to escape from such photos & news, esp.ly photos! They make me feel so helpless, aimless, & weak! I hate myself even more because -even for a minute- I think it`s about me and not about who is really suffering. This is not going to end ya Malik, I wish I can say otherwise!


  3. I was looking at her little boy and thinking…who will care for her 5 children if she dies. Maybe it shouldn’t be my first thought, but it was.


    1. Yes, it is a tough situation. I know a mother will risk her life for the sake of her children.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. You have a nice blog.


  4. What a thought-provoking post. I don’t know why people are so reluctant to get involved. I do sometimes wonder if things would be different if we had another president in the US. If McCain had won in 2008 rather than Obama, for instance.


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