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Inside the Last Rebel Bastion of Homs
Homs, Syria
By Mohannad
27 Oct 2014

Hay al-Waer, Homs, Syria
October 27, 2014

Children and adults in the besieged suburb of Hay al-Waer, one of the last neighborhoods in Homs to remain under opposition control, show their defiance in the face of aerial bombardment and deprivation. Children hold signs sending messages of peace to the world and adults express their frustration at what they feel is their abandonment at the hands of the international community. Their messages emphasize a disdain for violence and the desire for education and a better, more peaceful world.

Shot List:

00:00 – 00:06
Pan left movement shows two young girls running around near partially destroyed houses.

00:07 – 00:12

Medium shot shows the same girls playing with a cat.

00:13— 00:47

A small number of civilians stand on both sides of the road. Children wearing colored paper hats hold cardboard banners.

The banners, written in Arabic, read:

“The Civil Assembly in Homs – the Administrative Committee; Freedom Race; Hay al-Waer.” “UN Security Council Resolution 2153 ?????” “Our children are without shelter, without protection.” “Together we build international civilization” (written in English). “For the price of a rocket, build a school, a hospital or an orphanage.”

00:33 – 01:46

More young children stand on the roadside holding protest banners. The banners read:

“We are being killed with the weapons of the regime, 'Halesh' [a derogatory term for Hezbollah that echoes Daesh, the Arabic acronym for ISIS] and the [US-lead international] coalition.”

“In our concentration camp, we love life.”

“We still stand together, we get our freedom” (written in English).

“For the price of a bullet, buy a pen.”

“Our children are the children of humanity – don’t forget” (written in English).

02:22 – 02:47

Pan right movement shows partially destroyed buildings in the distance.

03:21 – 03:32
Pan right movement inside a house shows heavy destruction. Rubble and wrecked furniture cover the floor.

03:33 – 03:46
Pan right movement inside a house shows a hole in the wall and torn curtains.

Interviews

00:48 – 01:32 (Two men, Arabic):

“This is where the airplane bombed this morning. This building is full of civilians, from top to bottom. They are all refugees.

Look at the rabbits – even rabbits were not safe from Bashar al-Assad! He killed them all.”

The same man holds dead rabbits by the ears, saying sarcastically:

“These were carrying weapons and standing on the frontline.”

Another man holds two other dead rabbits:

“Oh dear Lord! This is a mother and her offspring.”

He goes on, mocking the regime’s propaganda about fighters receiving aid from foreign countries:
“This one is from Qatar, and this one from Saudi Arabia – they sent them to us. Arab countries will also send us chicks, but they still haven’t arrived.”

The cameraman replies sarcastically: “The [rabbits’] mother is from Turkey.”

01:47 – 02:21 (Man, Arabic. Intermittent shelling can be heard in the background.)

“We have been under siege in Hay al-Waer for more than a year. The Prophet, peace be upon him, migrated only once. We migrated three times; the first time we left Khalidiya [a neighborhood in Homs], the second time we were displaced from al-Jazira al-Sabi’a and the third time from al-Jazira al-Sadisa after we were bombed by warplanes today.

We call upon Muslims – we call upon God first and then Muslims – and say that we are under siege here in Hay al-Waer. We do not have a grain of salt. You have to understand this – not even a grain of salt. We hope for help from God first and then Muslims.”

02:48 – 03:20 (Man, Arabic. A Heavily destroyed building can be seen in the background)

“We have been under siege for a year and a half. The Assad regime is following a policy of starvation and bombing that Israel uses. [The regime] is laying siege on the refugees in Hay al-Waer. It bombed us with explosive barrels and missiles. There is no doubt that [the regime] is implementing an Israeli policy. Israel used to bomb refugees in Gaza and other areas with explosive barrels. We are tired of calling upon the world to help us, because no one is doing anything for us.”

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Syria: Besieged Damascus Suburb Conti...
Damascus
By Abdu al-Fadel
06 Sep 2014

September 6, 2014
Jobar, Damascus, Syria

Rebel fighters in the besieged Damascus suburb of Jobar discuss the destruction of their neighborhood and their determination to continue to fight the Syrian Army.

(00:47) “This used to be a stronghold for the thugs [Assad regime], but thank God we were able to take over those buildings. We found this trench that was dug by the regime and we were able to get into the buildings using our trenches and they were not able to do anything. We found two corpses of a mother and her daughter; they killed them and left them here until they became skeletons. So we took them and buried them. Over there we found a burnt corpse of a woman. Thank god we were able to beat them[Syrian Army], we went in with minimal weaponry, they have air power and tanks, we only have God on our side and we were able to beat them”. (01:48)

(02:26) “Until now we are surviving, despite of the siege, this hard life and all the problems that we go through. We are still holding on and we will not give up on our cause. Thank God they are losing everyday and they are losing lots of weapons and people. We kill his people and tell him to come pick up the corpses and they won't do it because he is a failure. He does not care about anything but power and to remain in control of his seat [of power]. All of these people who are dying are brothers to us, they are like family to us, most of them are from Aleppo, and Damascus. [There are] even Alawites, they are also our brothers, but this person [Bashar al Assad] is not going to rest until he turns us all against each other, the Muslims, the Christians and the Alawites. We are all Syrians, and we will not rest until we take this person [Bashar al Assad] down from the presidential seat. We actually killed a general in the army and told him [Bashar al Assad] to come and pick up the corpse. He said that he does not care, and to go throw him anywhere. That simply tells us how careless he is about everything except for himself. He does not care about all of these young men who are dying. No matter what, we will not back down and we will keep fighting, and with the help of God we are going inside, it will not be long before we go inside”. (03:47)

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VOLUNTEERS HELP VICTIMS OF TORNADO-ST...
Moore, Oklahoma
By Daniela Gallardo
22 May 2013

On May 20 a powerful tornado struck the city of Moore, a suburb just south of Oklahoma City, with a population of 55,000. The tragic event left a death toll of 24, including 9 children, and around 300 injured. The twister was one of the largest and strongest that has ever hit the area, leaving thousands of residents without homes and without their most precious belongings. In the interview below, a victim talks about how he feels after the total loss of his home and goods which he worked so hard to obtain.You will also find interviews with three young volunteers (one local and two from out of state) that were helping victims to recover their valuables and offering all type of support.

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VOLUNTEERS HELP VICTIMS OF TORNADO-ST...
Moore, Oklahoma
By Daniela Gallardo
22 May 2013

On May 20 a powerful tornado struck the city of Moore, a suburb just south of Oklahoma City, with a population of 55,000. The tragic event took away the life of 24, including 9 children, and left around 300 injured. The twister was one of the largest and strongest that has ever hit the area, leaving thousands of residents without homes and without their most precious belongings. In the interview below, a victim talks about how he is getting through this difficult experience and how he feels after the total loss of his home and goods which he worked so hard to obtain. Also, you can find three interviews with young volunteers (one local and two from out of state) to help victims recover their valuables and provide them with all type of help and support.

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Volunteers Help Victims Of Oklahoma T...
Moore, Oklahoma
By U.S. Editor
22 May 2013

On May 20th a powerful tornado struck the city of Moore, a suburb just south of Oklahoma City with a population of 55,000. The tragic event left 24 dead, among them 9 children, and around 300 injured. The twister was one of the largest and strongest that has ever hit the area, leaving thousands of residents homeless. In the interview below, a victim discusses how he feels after the total loss of his home and belongings which he worked so hard to obtain. There are also interviews with three young volunteers (one local and two from out of state) who are helping victims recover their valuables.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (26 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

The walls of a Texas Survivalist member's garage are plastered in American flags, obliterated target sheets and expired National Rifle Association cards.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (25 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

The immaculate barrack style bedroom of a survivalist group member, complete with camouflage pillow and ready-to-grab survival bag.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (24 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

The Texas Survivalists, a Survival group operating in the suburbs of Dallas, a mile and a half away from a middle school softball stadium.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (23 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

A survivalist group member reveals the ammunition he carries everywhere in his pistol. "On impact, the bullet compacts and starfishes around the hollowpoint, corkscrewing and ripping through organic tissue" he explains.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (22 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

The Texas Survivalists learn how to face a loaded weapon. Disarming her assailant with bare hands, Patricia turns his own pistol towards him.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (21 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

Homemade stab weapons are hidden under coffee tables, as a last resort against potential intruders.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (18 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

The beginnings of a food store. In months to come this room is filled with dry and tinned foods.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (17 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

Throwing punches, blocking kicks and swinging sticks the Texas Survivalists also learn to defend themselves without the use of firearms. "I began learning this stuff years ago" says Ralph Severe "I really wanted to fuck people up."

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (15 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

Home security is important for the survivalists. Sometimes locks aren't enough.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (13 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

Patricia demonstrates her new corn mill. She's preparing for life without electricity.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (11 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

Shotguns lean against the fence while The Texas Survivalists take a break from training.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (10 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

A lighter. Waterproofed in plastic, it's gas preserved with a zip tie.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (9 of...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

Harold Rosenbaum, member of The Texas Survivalists, in his garage. Mesquite, Texas.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (8 of...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

Tables, rolls of foam and giant barrels provide a makeshift obstacle course against the backdrop of Ralph's dog chewed fence. Ralph's guests waste no time in talking shop; rifle modifications, pistols, and ammo, as they holster weapons.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (7 of...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

The Texas Survivalists, a militia group operating in the suburbs of Dallas, a mile and a half away from a middle school softball stadium.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (6 of...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

Assault rifles line the walls of "Cheaper Than Dirt Guns," a popular spot for The Texas Survivalists.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (5 of...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

Harold Rosenbaum says goodbye to Kahles, his companion of 25 years. "He's all I've got left," Harold says, "I don't know what I'll do when he's gone." Later in the day Harold euthanises Kahles with a lethal dose of his own Morphine

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (4 of...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

The Texas Survivalists, a militia group operating in the suburbs of Dallas, a mile and a half away from a middle school softball stadium.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (3 of...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

Shopping for fuel storage options. Harold needs enough fuel to get his V8 truck out of the city, to his rural hideout without stopping at a gas station.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (1 of...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

Harold demonstrates his gas mask, "I once wore one of these for seventy two hours" he said.

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Multimedia / Fear and Ammo inTexas
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

An audio and visual slideshow

The Texas Survivalists is a militia group operating in the suburbs of Dallas, a mile from a middle school softball stadium. For them, bad times are coming: economic collapse, overnight inflation, nuclear war, epidemic, invasion and fuel shortages. The Survivalists – maybe a dozen in all, men and women in their early 20s to late 50s such as Trust Harold Rosenbaum, a Vietnam veteran, Ralph Severe, an armed security guard and Patricia, who is recovering from breast cancer – are steps ahead of most. They are combat training, storing food, stockpiling ammo, planning escape routes, packing survival kits, making soap and, most of all, assuring themselves that they don’t need another human alive to survive.

Their preparations can seem extreme to an outsider. They always pack a pistol and a supply of hollow-point rounds to cause maximum injury. They hide homemade knives around their living rooms. (Under the bookshelf is a favorite spot.) They place bug-out bags the size of coffee tables in the hallway, in preparation to run. Their survival kits bulge with dried food, clothes, ammunition and seeds - everything to start a new life. They have ceased living with day-to-day annoyances. They leave dishes dirty in the sink (Why wash when tomorrow's not coming?), let dust settle on the television, and seem oblivious to possessions piled in disarray on bare floors. Regular housework seems pointless when you're preparing to escape a collapsing city at a moment's notice.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (27 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

"Clack clack clack...clack clack clack," shouts Ralph Severe as he points his camouflaged Kalashnikov assault rifle past his "Survivalism" students, transitions to his pistol and spirals his massive frame to the floor and into a gymnastic roll.

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FEAR AND AMMO IN TEXAS
Dallas, Texas
By Mais Istanbuli
01 Sep 2010

The Texas Survivalists is a militia group operating in the suburbs of Dallas, a mile from a middle school softball stadium. For them, bad times are coming: economic collapse, overnight inflation, nuclear war, epidemic, invasion and fuel shortages. The Survivalists – maybe a dozen in all, men and women in their early 20s to late 50s such as Trust Harold Rosenbaum, a Vietnam veteran, Ralph Severe, an armed security guard and Patricia, who is recovering from breast cancer – are steps ahead of most. They are combat training, storing food, stockpiling ammo, planning escape routes, packing survival kits, making soap and, most of all, assuring themselves that they don’t need another human alive to survive.

Their preparations can seem extreme to an outsider. They always pack a pistol and a supply of hollow-point rounds to cause maximum injury. They hide homemade knives around their living rooms. (Under the bookshelf is a favorite spot.) They place bug-out bags the size of coffee tables in the hallway, in preparation to run. Their survival kits bulge with dried food, clothes, ammunition and seeds - everything to start a new life. They have ceased living with day-to-day annoyances. They leave dishes dirty in the sink (Why wash when tomorrow's not coming?), let dust settle on the television, and seem oblivious to possessions piled in disarray on bare floors. Regular housework seems pointless when you're preparing to escape a collapsing city at a moment's notice.