Project Exile: Photographer smuggled out of Syria
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Project Exile: Photographer smuggled out of Syria

“When you are doing anything against the regime, you will be wanted and arrested.” Bassel Tawil was once a network engineer with an internet company in the Syrian city of Homs. That changed in 2009 when intelligence agents for President Bashar Assad’s government arrested him and his colleagues. Bassel Tawil (courtesy) After their release, Tawil turned to photography and created a Facebook photo blog called Lens Young Homsi . Then as the Arab Spring swept into Syria in 2011 and the country descended into civil war, Tawil documented the destruction of Homs during a three-year siege by Assad’s army. His photos were carried by Agence France-Presse and Getty Images and his work was published in the The Boston Globe , The Los Angeles Times , Newsweek and the The Daily Mail . Lens Young Homsi garnered more than 100,000 likes on Facebook. At one point during the siege, Tawil tried to escape the city and was captured by Assad’s security forces. He was imprisoned for a week and beaten. A second attempt in 2014 was successful, and Tawil made his way to Lebanon. Last year, he was granted asylum in France and a place at Maison de Journalistes, a […]

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