Thursday, 6 April 2017

لدي المرض السوري

This is a post I put on my fb group today:

'I am having a bad case of Syria diarrhoea - it's a mental condition characterised by wanting to get stuff out of my system - so I apologise in advance
1/2 Photos
The little headless girl in her red dress, lying on the ground outdoors like a star fish, way back
The headless teacher, seen 2015
The woman with eyes showing and white dust all over her, 2016?
The couple standing with their child, 2016?
The thin baby with napalm on his back, I thought this would be the picture which turned the war, but no, 2016
The man with his dying wife in a wheelchair in the street, Aleppo, 2016
The cats eating corpses in the street, 2016
Oh the boy sitting on the floor, leaning his head against the wall in the hospital, Aleppo 2016
The boy sitting on the pavement his head in his hands, his siblings wrapped on the ground in front of him, Aleppo 2016
The woman with children sleeping on a street in Lebanon, the older son half in a cardboard box
The 2 feet photo - Douma - Firas Abdullah, 2016, he held them up with the left one on the left and the right one on the right, like shoes before school in the morning ☹
I really wanted to put that one at the big front photo on this group, but it's seriously gruesome, yet calm, undeniable
And why are these the images I think of, not the torture corpses? And what about all the others I recognise on Twitter? These ones are all too tame, too beautiful and well-composed. Just mentioning a few is massively disrespectful to all the others.
But I want to talk about it, not just have them stuffed into my head. Anyway, I am venting here because this is my group and if people don't like it they can leave. I have been all organised and controlled about the group for a long time and need a break.
I don't think it is helpful for me to avoid mentioning Syria for fear of upsetting people. I don't think there is a right way of doing it either.'

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