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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

In Darkness: Joseph Ceravolo: The pains of children / Baraa Al-Halabi: The death of the seller

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Air raid by government forces on the city of Aleppo: image via baraa al halabi @baraaalhalabi, 20 September 2015
 
Baraa Al-Halabi: Today in Aleppo

The most important message in the field of photography is to communicate visually the voices of unheard people: baraa al halabi @baraalhalabi, 22 September 2015

The death of the seller


The death of the seller [Aleppo]
: image via baraa al halabi @baraaalhalabi, 20 September 2015

Dust bombing 


Dust bombing [Aleppo]: image via baraa al halabi @baraaalhalabi, 21 September 2015
The poor with the feast approaching

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The poor with the feast approaching -- Aleppo: image via baraa al halabi @baraaalhalabi, 22 September 2015
 
In Darkness: The pains of children

A woman carries a baby as she goes through a police line in front of a reception center in Opatovac, Croatia, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. Scuffles have broken out between Croatian police and asylum-seekers after they were barred from entering a newly opened reception center meant to register those seeking sanctuary in Europe.

A woman carries a baby as she goes through a police line in front of a reception centre in Opatovac, Croatia today. Scuffles have broken out between Croatian police and asylum-seekers after they were barred from entering a newly opened reception centre meant to register those seeking sanctuary in Europe: photo by Marko Drobnjakovic/AP, 22 September 2015

Joseph Ceravolo: May 3, 1984

The pains of children
growing up
..are solid,
tearing mystery out
.....of the heart

weighed down with generations
of melancholy
.....and doubt

Sharp is the pain
..of flight and escape
weighing heavily on the fears
.....of youth,
O pray for the drama
.....of forgiveness,
the penance of bitter relief,

.....the drowning of sorrows

and the spring of beginning
.....with new eyes
.....that mix with
.....each other's hearts
and bring newer pains.

Joseph Ceravolo (1934-1988): May 3, 1984 ("The pains of children...), from Collected Poems (2013)

A woman carries a baby as she goes through a police line in front of a reception center in Opatovac, Croatia, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. Scuffles have broken out between Croatian police and asylum-seekers after they were barred from entering a newly opened reception center meant to register those seeking sanctuary in Europe.

 A woman carries a baby as she goes through a police line in front of a reception centre in Opatovac, Croatia today. Scuffles have broken out between Croatian police and asylum-seekers after they were barred from entering a newly opened reception centre meant to register those seeking sanctuary in Europe: photo by Marko Drobnjakovic/AP, 22 September 2015 

A boy makes a grimace aboard a train transporting migrants and refugees to Serbia after they crossed the Greek-Macedonian border near Gevgelija on Monday. EU interior ministers were set to hold emergency talks to try and bridge deep divisions over Europe's worst migrant crisis since World War II, as pressure piles onto member states to reach an agreement

A boy makes a face as a train transporting migrants and refugees to Serbia crosses the Greek-Macedonian border near Gevgelija on Monday: photo by Nikolay Doychinov/AFP,  22 September 2015


#Macedonia: A boy makes a face on a Serbia-bound train after crossing the Greek-Macedonian border #migrantcrisis [photo Nikolay Doychinov/AFP]: image via Talar Kalajian @TalarKala, 22 September 2015


Thousands of migrants enter Austria, at least 13 drown off Turkey: image via Yahoo News @YahooNews, 20 September 2015


#refugees wait to board buses at the Austrian-Hungarian border. By @vladimirsimicek #AFP: image via Sophie Chauveau @schauveauAFP, 21 September 2015

 
 #Refugees in Serbia near the Hungarian border by Armend Nimani /AFP via @NYT Photo: image via Kaycee Nightfire @KcNightfire, 12 September 2015
 

#Slovenia - Young boy looks at police officer as his family cross Croatian-Slovenian border. By @FedericoScoppa #AFP: image via Sophie Chauveau @schauveauAFP, 21 September 2015


Hungary slams 'bizarre' criticism over border clashes: image via Agence France-Presse @AFP, 17 September 2015
 

Situation at the Serbian border with Hungary by @armend_nimani on the international @nytimes front page: image via Stéphane Arnaud @StephaneArnaud, 17 September 2015


Heavy use of tear gas now to disperse crowd at #Horgos border gate. @5News: image via Peter Lane @peterlane5news, 16 September 2015


Pepper gas? Spray in the air from police line. #Horgos @5News: image via Peter Lane @peterlane5news, 16 September 2015


Fatigued child #refugees put on a bus in #Croatia - heading to a makeshift camp: image via Mohammed Jamjoom @MIJamjoon, 17 September 2015


A #migrant child gives flowers to an officer of Turkish riot police. By Yasin Akgul #AFP: image via Sophie Chauveau @schauveauAFP, 16 September 2015


Migrants watch as a Croatian police officer carries a migrant child at the train station in Tovarnik, Croatia: photo by Antonio Bronic/Reuters, 21 September 2015 



Migrants watch as a Croatian police officer carries a migrant child at the train station in Tovarnik, Croatia: photo by Antonio Bronic/Reuters, 21 September 2015


Syrian 8 month old twins lie on a beach of Lesbos island after arriving from Turkey. By Iakovos Hatzistavrou #AFP: image via Christopher Delattre @chrisdelattre7, 21 September 2015
 

An Iraqi family waits for the train in Tovarnik, Croatia. The baby is 40 days old. #refugeecrisis for @TIME: image via Patrick Witty Verified account @patrickwitty, 19 September 2015
 

A Syrian woman cries after losing one of her children while migrants board the train heading to Serbia. #AFP: image via AFP Photo Department @AFPphoto, 21 September 2015
 

A migrant boy looks from inside train as migrants queue to board train heading to Serbia. By Nikolay Doychinov #AFP: image via AFP Photo Department @AFPphoto, 21 September 2015

In Darkness


#migrants and refugees queue at a camp to register near Gevgelija.  #AFP Photo by Nikolay Doychinov: image via Aurelia BAILLY @AureliaBAILLY, 22 September 2015


A migrant rests in front of a police barricade in Istanbul. #AFP @ozannkosee: image via Aurelia BAILLY  @AureliaBAILLY, 21 September 2015

A migrant walks the last few kilometres from Serbia to Croatia as more migrants continue to arrive by bus on Monday in Sid, Serbia. Thousands of migrants have arrived in Austria over the weekend with more en-route from Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia. Politicians across the European Union are to hold meetings on the refugee crisis with EU interior ministers meeting tomorrow and EU leaders attending an extraordinary summit on Wednesday

A migrant walks the last few kilometres from Serbia to Croatia as more migrants continue to arrive by bus on Monday in Sid, Serbia: photo by David Ramos via FT Photo Diary, 21 September 2015


#migrants and refugees queue at a camp to register near Gevgelija.  #AFP Photo by Nikolay Doychinov: image via Aurelia BAILLY @AureliaBAILLY, 22 September 2015
 

#migrants and refugees queue at a camp to register near Gevgelija.  #AFP Photo by Nikolay Doychinov: image via Aurelia BAILLY @AureliaBAILLY, 22 September 2015
 

Migrants and refugees queue at a camp near Gevgelija. #AFP Nikolay Doychinov: image via Aurelia BAILLY @AureliaBAILLY, 21 September 2015

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#Hungary #migrants after they crossed the Hungarian-Croatian border near the village of Zakany.  #AFP @afpattila: image via Aurelia BAILLY @AureliaBAILLY, 21 September 2015
 
Toward the New Jungle
 

Migrants crossing the Sahara from Sudan to Libya, 18 May 2014. Diasporas of East Africa are among the most dangerous for migrants, who are the subject of violence by militias and human traffickers: photo by Giulio Piscitelli, 18 May 2014 via International New York Times, 18 September 2015
 

Migrants crossing the Sahara from Sudan to Libya,
18 May 2014. Over the past decade, at least 1,594 people have died trying to cross the Sahara.: photo by Giulio Piscitelli, 18 May 2014 via International New York Times, 18 September 2015

French gendarmes proceed with operations during the eviction of around 200 refugees from a camp site in Calais, northern France, on Monday. Thousands of migrants over the summer attempted to cross the Channel Tunnel between Britain and France, which later stepped up border controls.

French gendarmes proceed with operations during the eviction of around 200 refugees from a camp site in Calais, northern France, on Monday: photo by Philippe Huguen/AFP, 21 September 2015
 

#France #migrantcrisis Eviction of around 200 refugees from a camp site in Calais. #AFP by Philippe Huguen: image via Aurelia BAILLY @AureliaBAILLY, 21 September 2015


Migrants wait at a site dubbed the "New Jungle" in Calais on September 21. #AFP by Philippe Huguen: image via Aurelia BAILLY @AureliaBAILLY, 22 September 2015

Migrants queue to get food at a site dubbed the "New Jungle" in Calais on September 19. #AFP by Philippe Huguen: image via Aurelia BAILLY @AureliaBAILLY, 22 September 2015


#migrantcrisis #France #Calais People stand at a site dubbed the "New Jungle". #AFP photo by Philippe Huguen: image via Aurelia BAILLY @AureliaBAILLY, 22 September 2015


#migrantcrisis #France #Calais People stand at a site dubbed the "New Jungle". #AFP photo by Philippe Huguen: image via Aurelia BAILLY @AureliaBAILLY, 22 September 2015
 

#migrantcrisis #France #Calais People stand at a site dubbed the "New Jungle". #AFP photo by Philippe Huguen: image via Aurelia BAILLY @AureliaBAILLY, 22 September 2015
 
Welcome, Voyager


 
Migrants waited in Horgos, Serbia, near the border with Hungary: photo by Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times, 16 September 2015

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Hungary has placed full-page ads in the Lebanese press warning against crossing illegally: image via Agence France-Presse @AFP, 21 September 2015

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Hungary army gets new powers as Europe struggles with refugee crisis: image via Agence France-Presse @AFP, 21 September 2015


#Hungary beefs up border with army, warns migrants to stay away: image via Reuters Top News @Reuters, 21 September 2015

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Breaching the Hungarian border fence: photo by Zoltan Balogh/MTI via Associated Press, 18 September 2015

"LIVE ON THE COKE SIDE OF LIFE" refugees crossing the Hungarian razor blade border fence | by Imaginary Museum Projects: News Tableaus

"Live on the Coke side of life" (unintentional Coca-Cola advertisement): Syrian refugees crossing the Hungarian razor blade border fence [photo by Bela Szandelsky/AP]: image by Tiebbe van Tijen, 16 September 2015

A woman cries as she crawls through a block of border police in the southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija, Sept. 10, 2015. | by FreedomHouse

A woman cries as she crawls through a block of border police in the southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija: image by Freedom House, 10 September 2015

4 comments:

TC said...

Gil Scott-Heron (1949-2011): Save the Children, 1998

Save the Children

If you're driving through the country on a lazy afternoon
Or you're watching your children playing after school
They seem to be so unaware of
The things that they soon have to take care of

We've got to do something to save the children
Soon it will be their turn to try and save the world
Right now they seem to play such a small part of
The things that they soon be right at the heart of

My little Tommy he said he wants to be a fireman
And little Mary she said she got to teach school
If we know all we say we know about the problems
Why can't we do something to try and solve them

We've got to do something to save the children
Soon it will be their turn to try and save the world
We got to do something to save the children
To save the children
To save the children

-- Gil Scott-Heron

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Marvin Gaye: Save the Children (Live in LA, 1972)

Save the Children

I just want to ask a question
Who really cares?
To save a world in despair
There'll come a time, when the world won't be singin'
Flowers won't grow, bells won't be ringin'
Who really cares?
Who's willing to try to save a world
That's destined to die
When I look at the world it fills me with sorrow
Little children today are really gonna suffer tomorrow
Oh what a shame, such a bad way to live
All who is to blame, we can't stop livin'
Live, live for life
But let live everybody
Live life for the children
Oh, for the children
You see, let's save the children
Let's save all the children
Save the babies, save the babies
If you wanna love, you got to save the babies
All of the children
But who really cares
Who's willing to try
Yes, to save a world
Yea, save our sweet world
Save a world that is destined to die
Oh, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
Oh, oh dig it everybody

-- Marvin Gaye / Renaldo Benson / Alfred W. Cleveland, 1971

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The Call: The Walls Came Down (1983)

The Walls Came Down

Well they blew the horns
And the walls came down
They'd all been warned
And the walls came down
They just stood there laughing
They're not laughing anymore
The walls came down
Sanctuary fades
Congregation splits
Nightly military raids
The congregation splits
It's a song of assassins
Ringin' in your ears
We got terrorist thinking
Playing on fears
Well they blew the horns
And the walls came down
They'd all been warned
But the walls came down
I don't think there are any Russians
And there ain't no Yanks
Just corporate criminals
Playin' with tanks

-- Michael Been, 1983

billoo said...

These posts of yours are relentless, devastating and absolutely necessary.

Wooden Boy said...

tearing mystery out
of the heart

Right now they seem to play such a small part of
The things that they soon be right at the heart of

With these particular faces, these records of hurt, fear and abuse, you can see the whole laid out if you look carefully, corporate criminals and all. Mystery's gone.

TC said...

The reiterated generations of iPhones, one upon another in an endless cascade, haven't yet been able to wash that human stain out of the fabric, deep, dark and as old as the shadows that lie upon the burnt-out hills at sundown...