Dead Cities in Syria

Collection with 21 media items created by Maciej Moskwa

17 Mar 2013 04:00

Dead cities in Syria are the remains of the Roman and Byzantine settlements in the north-western of Syria. In 2012, during the civil war in Syria, more than one million people had to abandon their homes and sought safe shelter. They came to the places where the Ancients buried their dead. In places such as Shansharah, Robia, Serjilla the living found shelter within the dead in ruins and tombs, often underground. They are exposed to cold, and are often wet, hungry, and vulnerable to disease.
Many who fled from their homes, couldn't take much with them, the heaviest luggage they carry is their memories filled with the images, sounds and smells of an ongoing war. Although they hide, danger accompanies them each day with the constant risk of shelling coupled with gnawing hunger. The risk of contracting Tuberculosis or Leishmaniasis is an everyday reality.

Photographs by Maciej Moskwa/TESTIGO Documentary.

Syria Civil War Internally D... Syrians Shelter

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Dead Cities 16
Syria, idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
16 Mar 2013

IDP's who run from villages in Jebel Zawiyya.

Syria, Shensharah. March 17, 2013.

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Dead Cities 15
Syria, idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
16 Mar 2013

Small boy at the doorstep of a grave which became home for refugees from nearby villages.

Syria, Shensharah. March 17, 2013.

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Dead Cities 14
Syria , idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
15 Mar 2013

Caves became shelter for many families form Maarat Noman, a town which is under continuous shelling.
Syria, Om Alsyar. March 16, 2013.

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Dead Cities 13
Syria, Idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
16 Mar 2013

Young boy in temporary resident crypt.

Syria, Shensharah. March 17, 2013.

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Dead Cities 12
Syria, idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
18 Mar 2013

Despite the wetness, darkness and cold, mothers are forced to raise up their children in these difficult conditions.

Syria, Robia. March 18, 2013.

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Dead Cities 11
Syria, Idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
16 Mar 2013

At this time most of the kids can't go to schools. This IDP boy lives in a crypt underground.

Syria, Shensharah. March 17, 2013.

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Dead Cities 10
Syria, Idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
01 Feb 2013

Ismail Khodoor Al-Yosef, 75 says while crying that he has lost hope of anyone helping them in their difficult state.

Syria, Shensherah. Feb 02, 2013.

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Dead Cities 9
Syria, Idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
01 Feb 2013

IDP smoking a cigarette inside a crypt which is now his home. He had to leave his house and seek for shelter in the ancient ruins.

Syria, Shensharah. February 02, 2013.

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Dead Cities 8
Syria,Idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
16 Mar 2013

Refugees from Kfaroma. Many families live in ancient crypts underground.

Syria, Robia. March 17, 2013.

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Dead Cities 7
Syria, Idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
16 Mar 2013

Refugees from Jebl Zawiyya. Access to food is very difficult and is one of the biggest problems for IDPs who are faced with hunger and sicknesses.

Syria, Shensharah. March 17, 2013.

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Dead Cities 6
Syria, Idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
17 Mar 2013

IDP's settlement in the ancient ruins. Living in these conditions can cause tuberculosis, rheumatism and leaves people exposed for Leishmaniasis.

Syria, Shensharah. March 18, 2013.

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Dead Cities 5
Syria, Idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
17 Mar 2013

Temporary shelter for IDP. In windy, misty, and winter weather people suffer from the cold. Soon with the change of the season, sun, flies, and and lack of water will became the new curse.

Syria, Shensharah. March 17, 2013.

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Dead Cities 4
Syria, Idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
16 Mar 2013

Tray with containers of orange juice.

Syria, Shensharah. March 17, 2013.

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Dead Cities 3
Syria, Idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
01 Feb 2013

A girl named Samar, who suffers from Leishmania; a tropical disease.

Syria, Shensharah. Feb 02 2013.

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Dead Cities 2
Syria, Idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
15 Mar 2013

An injured father and his son who is playing with a toy gun.

Syria, Om Alsyar. March 16, 2013.

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Dead Cities 1
Syria, idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
16 Mar 2013

Ms. Amina with her newborn baby Yahya. Amina is extremely exhausted and isn't able to provide milk for her son.

Syria, Shensharah. March 17, 2013.

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Dead Cities 22
Syria, Idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
18 Mar 2013

Elderly man, an IDP, walking with a kid throughout ruins of Serjilla.
Syria, Serjilla. March 17, 2013.

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Dead Cities 20
Syria, Idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
17 Mar 2013

Ruins of Roubia became shelter for refugees from Kfroma village.
Syria, Robia. March 17, 2013.

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Dead Cities 19
Syria, Idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
16 Mar 2013

A kid hanging up laundry between the trees. Lack of fresh water is among many problems for IDP in Syria.

Syria, Shensharah. March 17, 2013.

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Dead Cities 18
Syria, idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
16 Mar 2013

A woman preparing a meal. Twigs are used for the fuel for a simple grate.

Syria, Shensharah. March 17, 2013.

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Dead Cities 17
Syria, idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
16 Mar 2013

Herb and flower picking has become a daily routine for kids who had to seek shelter in this barren land.

Syria,Shensharah. March 17, 2013.