those photographs were taken. Fragile as it was in many parts of Syria the northwest Idlib province was quite calm then. It was a journey through a destroyed region after government loyal troops and militias had carried out massive attacks on villages the weeks before.
While some villages were abandoned by a majority of its inhabitants who
fled to Turkey, other also hard hit places were already under
recontruction by house owners. The countryside presented itself as
controlled by FSA rebels who still were very supported by the Sunni
majority. People tried to get back to normal. No doubt the people had
left their fear behind. After they´ve seen so much violence no signs of
surrender has been visible so far. Knowing Assad won´t give up everyone
expected the truce won´t last long as new fightings would erupt again.
All over the province people said clearly they won´t give up until president Assad will be toppled...
My Story was originally photographed for DER SPIEGEL in April 2012