Syrian refugee child with bright red hair in Jordan. May 2014.
This girl, one of ten in her family, cautiously looks at my camera. She will be too young to remember the war when she grows up. If her family never returns home, she will also be too young to remember Syria…her home.
A Syrian refugee child holds up a picture depicting Syrian troops shooting his neighbors. This boy, who once lived with his family on a farm, is now struggling to get by in Jordan, hundreds of miles away from home.
I just recently returned from a very powerful trip to the Middle East where I was able to visit Israel and Jordan. While in Jordan I came across one of the thousands of Syrian refugee families displaced to Jordan because of the war. These are some pictures I took of the family to help put a face on the victims of this war. As of today, close to 150,000 people have died in this war with millions displaced.
Back story: On Saturday I was down on the National Mall to check out the cherry blossoms. As my friends and I were leaving we came across these two sailors getting their picture taken together in front of the trees. I instantly had the idea to see if I could get a picture of them recreating the famous WWII victory kiss picture from Times Square and rushed over to ask them if they would be willing to pose.
After asking the question, both the guy and the girl got extremely uncomfortable and began looking at each other awkwardly. It was at that moment I realized they were not a couple but just friends! I immediately apologized and started to walk away when all of a sudden the girl, very timidly and quietly, said, “Well…I’d be okay with it….”. I turned around, shocked by this shy but brave confession and asked the guy if he was okay with it, to which he responded with equal shyness….YES! So without further ado we lined up the shot and the guy dipped her like a pro and laid a huge kiss on her. We wanted multiple shots so they held the kiss for a good 10 seconds before we were done.
Photos being taking and everyone feeling a bit excited by what had just happened, I thanked them for the picture, wished them luck, and went on my way. My guess is that these two had liked each other but had never come out and said anything but the photo gave them the opportunity to take a chance and say it! At any rate, I’m glad I got the picture and hopefully the guy got the girl! And YES…we took a picture with his phone too so he has a copy of their first kiss as well!
Washington DC area got hit with an ice storm last night and this is what it looked like this morning. This was in Alexandria.