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TUESDAY August 9, 2022: 'PEACE MIRAGE' by dpa photo-journalist ANAS APKHARBOUTLI. Syrian conflict is twelve years old! When will true peace come? Or is the present peace an illusion? Syrian people have experienced a generation on a tragic rollercoaster of hope and an unimaginable degree of devastation. The numbers are horrific, 350,000 killed and 50% the country’s population of 21 million displaced. Refugees or destroyed, emotionally or economically or both. Economy in shambles, as Syria’s GDP been halved, while more than 90 percent of the population live below the poverty line. Despite a decrease in active hostilities, returnees face a host of human rights violations, including detention, torture, disappearances, and abuse by Syrian authorities. A generation lost and no true day to day peace in sight. Welcome to 'PEACE MIRAGE'
© zReportage.com Story of the Week #848: TUESDAY August 9, 2022: 'PEACE MIRAGE' by dpa photo-journalist ANAS APKHARBOUTLI. Syrian conflict is twelve years old! When will true peace come? Or is the present peace an illusion? Syrian people have experienced a generation on a tragic rollercoaster of hope and an unimaginable degree of devastation. The numbers are horrific, 350,000 killed and 50% the country’s population of 21 million displaced. Refugees or destroyed, emotionally or economically or both. Economy in shambles, as Syria’s GDP been halved, while more than 90 percent of the population live below the poverty line. Despite a decrease in active hostilities, returnees face a host of human rights violations, including detention, torture, disappearances, and abuse by Syrian authorities. A generation lost and no true day to day peace in sight. Welcome to 'PEACE MIRAGE'
A young Syrian boy rides a white pony on the first day of Eid Al-Fitr in the city of Idlib. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
A Syrian man wearing a traditional keffiyeh scarf looks on during preparations ahead of the 11th Anniversary of the Syrian Revolution celebrations.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
Syrians prepare to bury the bodies of the victims of a rocket attack, allegedly carried out by forces of the Syrian government on the village of Maarat Al-Na'asan, killing four children.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
A mural showing solidarity with the Ukrainian people and Russia's 'propaganda machine as a bear' is seen painted on the damaged wall of a destroyed building in the city of Binnish.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
Syrian Kurds light fires after sunset to celebrate the Kurdish New Year 'Newroz' in the city of Afrin.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
Syrian Kurds dance and celebrate the Kurdish New Year 'Newroz' at an outdoor gathering in the city of Afrin.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
A young man pushes a handcart down a road passing through a local market in front of a bombed out building in the city of Arihah. Food prices in Syria have been surging over the past few weeks amid the global fuel crises driven by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
A fighter of the armed Syrian opposition rests his rifle on his chest while taking a nap in a field of flowers. The opposition troops were on the front lines of contact with the areas controlled by the Syrian regime in the countryside of Aleppo, on the fourth day of the Muslim's holy fasting month of Ramadan.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
Young people enjoy watching a UEFA Europa League soccer match playing on TV at a shelter in the city of Ariha during the holy month of Ramadan.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
A young Syrian Muslim boy reads the Holy Quran while kneeling at a Mosque to mark Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Decree), one of the Muslims' holiest nights, on the 26th day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
A young boy looks on as Syrian Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr prayers at a mosque in the city of Idlib.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
A Syrian artist paints a mural in solidarity with slain Palestinian Al Jazeera reporter, Shireen Abu Akleh, on a wall of a destroyed house in Idlib. Abu Akleh, 51, a prominent figure in the Arabic news service, was shot dead earlier today during a confrontation between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians in the West Bank City of Jenin.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
A Syrian beekeeper prepares to collect honey from his beehives in a field in the Idlib Governorate region.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
Children play outside their tents at a camp for internally displaced people during a sandstorm hitting the Idlib Province. More than half the country's population (21 million) has been displaced since the war began in 2011.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
Displaced Syrian children wander through a destroyed school which was damaged as a result of a previous shelling in the city of Binnish.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
A Syrian baker sorts loafs of bread from an oven as early morning sunlight filters through a window at a bakery in Idlib City.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
Displaced Syrian children live in a destroyed school as a result of a previous bombing in the city of Binnish. More than 90 percent of the population of the country currently live below the poverty line.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
Syrian children perform Hajj rituals around a model of the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, during an educational simulation of the Hajj pilgrimage at a school in the Syrian city of Atmeh.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
A man prays as Syrians visit the graves of deceased relatives on the first day of Eid al-Adha, the holiest feast in Islam.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
A family of displaced Syrians live in a destroyed school after losing their home as a result of a previous bombing in the city of Binnish.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
Syrian workers kill and flay sacrificial sheep inside a slaughterhouse as part of a ritual followed by Muslims during Eid al-Adha, the holiest feast in Islam, during which devotees slaughter cattle and sheep to commemorate the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ishmael.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
A member of the White Helmets carries the body of a girl who was killed as a result of a Russian air strike that targeted a house in the town of Al-Jadida in Idlib. A total seven people were killed in the attack, including four children, while 14 people were injured.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
A wounded child is attended to after White Helmets tried to retrieve the bodies of two more children from under a destroyed house as a result of a Russian air strike that targeted a home in the town of Al-Jadida. A total seven people were killed in the attack, including four children, while 14 people were injured.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
A mobile rocket launcher belonging to the (Al-Fateh al-Mubin) Operations Room of the armed Syrian opposition, launches its missiles, to target sites of the Syrian regime and the Russian-backed militias. The response was in retaliation for the killing of seven civilians, including four children, after a Russian air strike in the area.
© Anas Alkharboutli/dpa via ZUMA Press
Anas Alkharboutli

Anas Alkharboutli, born in 1992, studied Engineering at Damascus University before he began his career as a photojournalist in 2015. He is a permanent witness and chronicler of the war and the resulting humanitarian disaster. Anas, a Syrian photographer working for dpa, won the 27th Prix Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award for War Correspondents' Young Reporter Trophy. His images are available through ZUMA Press.:848



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