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7th February 2024 By The Global Heroes Environment and Disasters

Shining a spotlight on northern Syria, a photographer captures the essence of life one year after the devastating February 2023 earthquakes ravaged rebel-held northwest Syria. Despite the passage of time, the disaster remains deeply entrenched in the daily lives of the region's inhabitants.

Residing in northwest Syria, home to millions, including a staggering number of pre-quake displaced individuals, the photographer meticulously document the ongoing changes, or lack thereof, in their war-torn surroundings. The photograph serve as poignant reminder of the enduring impact of the earthquakes on the region's landscape and its people.

As humanitarian organizations sound the alarm on dwindling aid funding for Syria and tens of thousands continue to languish in displacement, the plight of those grappling with their second winter without adequate shelter becomes painfully apparent. Despite the staggering loss of life and infrastructure, the journey to recovery for many remains fraught with challenges and uncertainties.

Persisting against the backdrop of a nation embroiled in conflict for over a decade, northwest Syria stands as a testament to resilience amidst adversity. Despite the ceasefire in place since March 2020, recent months have witnessed a resurgence in airstrikes by President Bashar al-Assad's forces and their Russian allies, further compounding the region's woes.

On the solemn occasion of the one-year anniversary of the earthquakes, photojournalist Moawia Atrash journeyed to Jindires, Idlib province, where the scars of destruction still mar the landscape. Bearing witness to the stark reality of displaced families eking out an existence in makeshift tents amidst the ruins of their former homes, Atrash reflects on the enduring uncertainty that shrouds their future.

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