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Swedish Photographer Captures the Syrian Conflict

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As Syria enters its 5th year of conflict, Swedish photographer, Magnus Wennman, is hoping to enlighten the public on the heartbreaking consequences of this ongoing battle. These past 4 years, Wennman has been documenting photographs backdrops of Syrian children living in overcrowded refugee camps in attempts to raise awareness of the harsh conditions they live under. Along with contributions to the Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet, Wennman also posts his heart-wrenching photographs on Instagram with corresponding stories explaining the children’s unfortunate situations. One particularly agonizing story was about a 10-year-old boy named Shiar who was severely scarred because of accidentally stepping on an explosive device while crossing the north end of the border. Shiar is left with only 3 fingers in total, scars cover his entire body, along with traumatic memories that will last a lifetime. Wennman hopes his photographs will help raise awareness of the Syrian conflict, and help gather support to aid those in need. Over 4 million refugees have registered with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, with 2 million of those being children.  An estimated $4.5 billion is needed to help refugees in need, however only $800 million has been raised thus far. By presenting these beautiful, yet heartbreaking, photographs, Wennman is stimulating response from bystanders to help provide relief for those enduring hardship in Syria. Image from NBC.

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