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Gianluca Costantini

Aleppo Is Hell

Costantini draws upon the experiences of the people of Aleppo – where thousands remain under siege by troops loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

Sometimes the photos that float across our social media feed are too much to bear. How many more times must we see images like those of Hamza al-Khateeb, Aylan Kurdi or Omran Daqneesh? But with his scribing, synthesising technique, Costantini invites us and allows us, implores and obliges us – to keep looking, to bear witness to the suffering and resilience of those facing the most awful violence and injustices.
As the bombardment and siege continue, many here feel that their pleas for the world’s help have fallen upon deaf ears – that perhaps they simply have ceased to exist in the hearts and minds of the international community.

Previously published on The New Arab