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Matilde Gattoni


The Swallows of Syria

[Jdeideh, Lebanon - Karam, twenty-eight, from Homs]

[Note: The views and testimonies herein are the refugees’ own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the author or of Jadaliyya.] Somaya left Homs, Syria after finding the corpse of her tortured son in a sewage ditch. Zaynab escaped with her family when she discovered that Syrian soldiers kidnapped, raped, and killed three of her schoolmates. Aziza fled after snipers killed both her husband and sister-in-law. Reports indicate that refugees and residents have also been ...

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Matilde Gattoni

Matilde Gattoni was born in Milan, Italy in 1974 to a French/Spanish mother and an Italian father. After studying history in France, she decided to follow her passion for visual arts and become a photographer. Matilde is based in the Middle East and mainly covers stories related to refugees and displacement. Her work has been published in Time, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, The Observer, Die Zeit, Foreign Policy, Neon Magazine, Geo, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Vanity Fair, and Elle.

Her book Uzbekistan: 10 Years after Independence, published in 2002, was made in collaboration with the Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid.