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The ghost homes of Aleppo

January 17th, 2014
02:59 PM ET

Syria is a country that has been ravaged by years of civil war. Italian photographer Matteo Rovella, who went to the Syrian city of Aleppo last summer, found a new way of documenting the impact of the violence. Wearing just a helmet and a flak jacket, he went inside the city’s many ghost houses, left empty as families fled for their lives.

As is evident from the images he captured, most of the families didn’t have time to pack their things. “You see such scenes and you imagine the moment when people had to escape from the rooms. You feel that they had to escape or die.”

“You really get the feeling of the war, you really get the feeling of the situation, it was a very touching experience.”

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