The Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, AR hosted "The Real Reason Behind the Refugee Crisis" on January 13, 2017. The exhibit featured photos from the Caesar file and featured speakers Stephen J. Rapp, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for global criminal justice, Jim Hooper, former managing director of the Public International Law and Policy Group, and Mouaz Moustafa, executive director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force and United For a Free Syria.
The walls of Sturgis Hall were adorned with 30 photographs taken by a former Syrian military police photographer, code-named "Caesar" who was tasked with photographing corpses of victims who died inside facilities run by the Assad regime. The images are part of a cache of 55,000 photographs taken between 2011 and 2013, and smuggled out of Syria in 2014. The pictures, most of them taken in Syrian military hospitals, show corpses photographed at close range, one at a time as well as in small groupings. Virtually all of the bodies -- thousands of them -- betray signs of torture: gouged eyes; mangled genitals; bruises and dried blood from beatings; acid and electric burns; emaciation; and marks from strangulation.
This very exhibit has been displayed at the UN General Secretariate, the United States Congress, the UK Parliament, the European Parliament, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, among other institutions.
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Natasha Bertrand of Business Insider reports on Aleppo and the cease-fire deal that has been reached after summary executions and forced conscription.
"Pro-government forces in Syria are on the brink of fully recapturing the city of Aleppo from opposition forces, after a month of intense bombing accompanied by a ferocious ground offensive that has forced rebels and civilians into hiding.
Talks between Russia — an ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad — and members of the opposition, aimed at establishing a cease-fire and evacuating civilians from the city, are being mediated by Turkish officials in Ankara." Read more...
People fleeing deeper into the remaining rebel-held areas of Aleppo on Monday. Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters
The quarter million civilians stuck inside Eastern Aleppo received flyers dropped by the Assad regime and their Russian allies, threatening to slaughter everyone who doesn't leave the area.