Sunday, April 05, 2015

Low ranked refugees

Good BBC News update on the dire situation in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee "camp" in Damascus but perhaps a lazy, if understandable, choice to illustrate the story with a photograph -- the iconic UNRWA photo -- which is now 15 months old. There is no doubt that the situation in the district has gotten worse since that photograph was taken. In addition to the increased misery, yet another Syrian war narrative has fallen: this time, that the ISIS can't hold territory in the Assad regime stronghold of Damascus. It's nice for Assad that the foreign policy elites have decided to assume that's in his area of permanent control.

UPDATE: Bloomberg News also uses the 2014 photo for a current Yarmouk story, but at least dates the photo. 

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