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This Artist's Posters Capture The Hope And The Heartbreak Of The Syrian Conflict

Fares Cachoux's striking designs illustrate three and a half years of bloody uprising in Syria.

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Fares Cachoux is an artist and graphic designer from Homs, Syria. In this series of posters, he hopes to preserve the memory of the places, the people, and the tragedies of the ongoing conflict in Syria.

"Each poster is a cry," he told BuzzFeed, "which hopefully will reach somebody's ears, so that they can know, maybe years from now, what happened in Syria.

"For the moment, the sound of weapons is dominating, but when all that stops, these posters will help to keep the story of Syrian people alive."

"The People"

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This poster marks the mood of the first demonstrations of the Syrian uprising in March 2011. The man depicted on the right is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose silhouette appears throughout the series.


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The songbird in this poster represents Ibrahim Qashoush, a singer from Hama who wrote protest songs against Assad – whose name literally means "lion". Qashoush went missing in the summer of 2011. Hama residents found his body in a local river with his throat cut, and, they claimed, his vocal cords torn out.


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In 2011, the city of Homs was the "capital" of the Syrian revolution, putting up an early fight against the Assad regime. Afterwards, the city was besieged by government forces, had many of its oldest neighborhoods destroyed, and came back under the control of the regime.

"The Fifth Speech"

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On June 3, 2012, Assad delivered his fifth speech since the outbreak of the revolution. In it, he denied responsibility for the massacre at Houla, and likened the government crackdown to a surgeon trying to save the life of his patient. According to Cachoux, it marked the moment when many Syrians lost hope that Assad might peacefully resign.

"The Battle of Aleppo"

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According to Cachoux, Syria's largest city, Aleppo, was once known for its cuisine, and particularly its kebabs. With many of its landmarks destroyed and many of its residents having fled, the city now faces the threat of a siege by government forces.

"Da'esh (ISIS/ISIL)"

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The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group emerged as an organisation distinct from al-Qaeda in 2013, and began carrying out what Cachoux describes as "unprecedented acts of brutality and barbarism" in Syria.

In another collection, titled The Syrians, Cachoux commemorates several other bloody moments from the last few years of turmoil in Syria.

More of Fares Cachoux's designs and photography can be found on his website.

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