"The sun is perfect and you woke this morning. You have enough language in your mouth to be understood. You have a name, and someone wants to call it. Five fingers on your hand and someone wants to hold it. If we just start there, every beautiful thing that has and will ever exist is possible. If we start there, everything, for a moment, is right in the world.”
— Warsan Shire
Just before 2 pm EDT, the New York City Police Department called via Twitter for photos of citizens with its officers. Almost immediately the campaign #myNYPD seemed to backfire, as users flooded the hashtag with photos decrying alleged police brutality.
As the Syrian conflict’s three-year anniversary approaches, Amal Hanano, a Syrian activist based in the US, wanted to honor the memories of those killed. So the Aleppo-native started the 100,000 Names campaign. On March 14, Hanano will lead a 72-hour-long recitation on the White House lawn of 100,000 names of those killed in Syria. “We want the violence and bloodshed to end,” Hanano told BuzzFeed. “We want to go back to the roots of the revolution, which was freedom.” Hanano collected the names from the Violations Documentation Center in Syria, as well as Syrian activists and the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. In the 15 days leading up to the anniversary, she has also been tweeting portraits, drawn by journalist Molly Crabapple, of Syrians killed in the conflict. Here are the faces, names, and stories of 15 fallen Syrian citizens.
Mohamed Hamouda, a 7-year-old-boy, died from regime sniper during a protest on Apr. 22, 2011.
Hamza Al-Khatib, 13, was tortured and killed on May 25, 2011 in Daraa after being detained for one month by Syrian security forces. Hamza’s image became an icon of the Syrian revolution.
Hakam Drak Sibai, 26, was a Red Crescent medic. He was killed in his hometown of Homs in Sept. 2011, when bullets struck his ambulance while he was treating wounded protesters.
Rami al-Sayed was a 26-year-old citizen journalist and father of a baby girl. He was killed in Baba Amr on Feb. 21, 2012 when his car was hit by a bomb.
Fatima Meghlaj, 2, was decapitated by a bomb that fell on her house in Idleb in Sept. 2012.
Tamer Al-Awam, 34, was a well-known filmmaker, poet, and writer from Sweida. He was shot and killed by regime forces in Aleppo on Sept. 9, 2012 while filming a documentary on the Free Syrian Army.
Yousef Alakraa, age unknown, was a media activist, poet, and artist. He was killed by Syrian government shelling in Homs on Sept. 26, 2012.
Rua Ismael, 11, died from a terrorist bombing in the town of Salamiyeh on Jan. 25, 2013. After he death, Rua was nicknamed, “Syria’s Snow White” on Syrian social media.
Noura, 12, was killed by an air strike in the town of Kafranbel on Dec. 1, 2013.
Amina Othman was a second year literature student at the University of Aleppo. She was displaced three times during the conflict. Amina was killed in Aleppo in 2013, when her uncle’s home was shelled while she was inside.
Firas Al-Salem, age unknown, reportedly died from torture at a security center in Damascus run by the Assad regime. Firas, from the Yarmouk Camp in Damascus, was detained for a year before he died on March 1, 2014.
Firas Al-Salem, age unknown, died under torture at a security center in Damascus run by the Assad regime. Firas, from the Yarmouk Camp in Damascus, was detained for a year before he died on March 1, 2014.
Batoul was 12 when she was killed in a car bombing in Kafat village on Jan. 9, 2014.
Wissam Sara, 27, was a peace activist, father of two, and son of political opposition leader, Fayez Sara. Wissam died under torture in the Syrian government’s Military Security Branch in Damascus in Feb. 2014.
Ghiath Matar, 25, was a peace activist, tailor, and father-to-be. He was killed in Daraya under torture, by Syrian security forces. Ghiath was famous for handing flowers and water bottles to regime forces at protests. His nickname was “Little Gandhi.”
Dr Mohamad Abyad, 28, was a orthopedic surgeon. He worked for Doctors Without Borders in Aleppo, until he was killed under torture by an extremist group.
A few light taps upon the pane made him turn to the window. It had begun to snow again. He watched sleepily the flakes, silver and dark, falling obliquely against the lamplight. The time had come for him to set out on his journey westward. Yes, the newspapers were right: snow was general all over Ireland. It was falling on every part of the dark central plain, on the treeless hills, falling softly upon the Bog of Allen and, farther westward, softly falling into the dark mutinous Shannon waves. It was falling, too, upon every part of the lonely churchyard on the hill where Michael Furey lay buried. It lay thickly drifted on the crooked crosses and headstones, on the spears of the little gate, on the barren thorns. His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.James Joyce, “The Dead” from Dubliners (via 57thstreetbooks)
People always ask me: “are you the same as Blanche Devereaux?”, and I always say: “please, just look at the facts”
- Rue McClanahan
Still Life with Bull’s Skull, 1939 ~ Pablo Picasso
New Order // Bizarre Love Triangle
Photo courtesy ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives Photograph Collection.
Photography Justin Borbely at The Book Agency
Hair Stylist and Colourist Lok Lau at CLMusing Bumble & bumble
Stylist Mark McMahon
Make Up Emma Broom using MAC Cosmetics
Models Glen, Joshua and James P at FM, Kazunori, Caleb, Gabriel and Kyle at D1.