1,000 Words: A pause during war

This picture from Aleppo has the world paying attention again. Photography can do that.

Photographer Joseph Eid provided the man’s story to the Washington Post today.

“He was a wealthy man,” Eid told The Post. “He speaks five languages. He studied medicine, went to Italy and had a lipstick enterprise.”

Eid, who has photographed the civil war in Syria since it began, had met Anis before. He collected old American cars and was trying to hold onto them during the bombardment.

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That was a little more than a year ago.

They’re all gone now.

  • Anna

    It’s a miracle the man is still alive.

    When I look at what is left of his house, I try to imagine what it looked like before the war, an impressive structure no less.

    Anytime hate and intolerance rules this is the result.

    We’ve been through this once before, America.

    I hope you’re paying attention.

  • Robert Moffitt

    As soon as tomorrow, this old, wealthy, educated man who loved classic American cars will not be allowed to seek refuge in the Land of the Free.

    I hope you’re paying attention.

  • Ben

    I can’t imagine what it’s like to lose your home. Not just your house or apartment that you lived in, but your home, where you are from, your neighborhood, your neighbors, your city, your everything.

    • Robert Moffitt

      Not to mention your country. Whatever Syria will become when the killing finally stops, it won’t be the country this man once knew. Here, the “Arab Spring’ bore bitter fruit.

  • crystals

    That photo deserves all the awards. It is absolutely haunting.

    I wish I still had hope it would make a difference, because I believe photography has that power, but in the case of Syria I’m honestly not sure I do.