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A camera's unflinching gaze shows Syria's devastation

Millions of words are written every day describing the horror and devastation of Syria’s civil war. The suffering of its people, the destruction of its cities, the very soul of this ancient country is being ripped apart.

But sometimes, as these images in Time magazine show, few words are needed to bring home the war’s impact.  

DigitalGlobe, a commercial satellite image company has five satellites orbiting the earth and has been taking images of the war from above. The destruction it has captured gives new meaning to the phrase "scorched earth policy."

Stephen Wood, vice president of DigitalGlobe Analytics, told Time magazine the company was watching the “very systematic, very closely targeted” campaign of violence waged by the Assad regime.

“The industry that we belong to can shed a light of transparency on modern conflict the world hasn’t seen before,” he said.   

Joe Bermudez, senior analyst who watched the war unfold from the company’s headquarters in Colorado, told Time: “It’s been a compelling experience as an analyst and as an individual. You start to realize how massive this event has been—and how staggering, too, the extent of human suffering.”

Hamida Ghafour is a foreign affairs reporter at the Star. She has lived and worked in the Middle East and Asia for more than 10 years and is the author of a book on Afghanistan. Follow her on Twitter @HamidaGhafour



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