U.S. (PRWEB) June 23, 2012
Syrian Expatriates Organization extends its gratitude to Polaris Images photojournalist Robert King for his coverage of the suffering of ordinary Syrians in the village of Al Qusayr.
Mr. King, a respected photojournalist recently published two pieces in the magazine Foreign Policy. The first is a photojournalist piece titled “The Martyrdom of Al Qusayr”. This piece features ten photographs which highlight the suffering and injuries sustained by children as well as Free Syria Army fighters.
The second piece, titled “The Wounded Will Be Killed” detailed the harrowing experiences of Syrians who are experiencing deadly shelling at the hands of the Syrian regime. He focused primarily on the plight of the sick and wounded in the village of Al Qusayr who has been treated at a makeshift hospital by Dr. Qasim, a local physician. Mr. King is quoted as saying “I’ve covered my share of wars, but I’ve never seen one where so many kids are getting hit.” He details how many of the wounds sustained by children clearly indicate “They’re shooting to kill.” Furthermore, his article details the lack of medical supplies and expertise that the sick and wounded in besieged cities such as Al Qusayr have to deal with on a daily basis. This results in the most critical patients being walked across the Lebanese border where their fates are undetermined.
SEO reiterates Mr. King’s calls for establishment of humanitarian corridors to allow for safe delivery of food, medical supplies and medical treatment for the citizens of Syria. We applaud and thank Mr. King for his work and hope more journalists covering the Syrian conflict continue to do the same.
Dr Nadim AlSadat, SEO board member, said, ”Mr. King has risked his life and limb in order to allow the world to understand the depth of suffering and despair that Syrians are experiencing under Bashar Al-Assad’s dictatorial regime. Our organization echoes the calls by Mr. King for establishment of humanitarian corridors to aid those Syrians who are suffering from illness, injury and starvation in the face of continuous siege. The current crisis in Syria has cost over 15000 lives and has left an innumerable number of people injured and displaced. Journalists are not allowed into Syria so pieces as detailed and excellent as Mr. King’s are few and far between. “