Archive for December, 2012

Syria — a rebel victory, a school and a devastated city

Syria -- a rebel victory, a school and a devastated city

Earlier in December, I spent some time covering the conflict in Syria for AFP — much of it was spent in Turkey, but here are a collection of photographs I took and stories I wrote from my assignment. Hunger sharpens misery in Syria’s Aleppo ALEPPO, Syria (AFP) — Residents of Aleppo have suffered through months of brutal [...]

Jakarta – A Brief Visit

Jakarta - A Brief Visit

I briefly got a chance to visit Jakarta in November, and stayed with an old friend — I didn’t explore a huge amount of it, and mostly spent it at my friend’s place hanging out. It’s a massive city, and so much time is spent on the road (there is effectively no public transport system, [...]

Christmas in Baghdad 2012

Christmas in Baghdad 2012

After visiting the Our Lady of Salvation Church in central Baghdad, the site of a brutal massacre in 2010, I wandered around some nearby shops to take some Christmas-related photographs. I filed them for the AFP wire, but this is my favourite of the ones that were not used. Here’s the story I wrote about [...]

‘Looking for nothing’ in Iraq’s desert

'Looking for nothing' in Iraq's desert

QALAAT MUZEIBLEH, Iraq (AFP) – At the end of a research trip to an oil field in east Iraq, Ruba Husari took a detour to visit a site she had wanted to see for some time. When she arrived it was barren — but still she was delighted. Less than 10 kilometres (six miles) from [...]