Life in war has a different meaning – there is no more normal.
The daily routine is certainly not normal, even if it is, indeed, a routine. Bombs fall, people die, and buildings are destroyed every day. Civilians are caught in the middle, suffering silently from the effects of this horrific war, but doing their best to resist its bitterness.
The reality of war cannot be denied, yet some people are determined to overcome its harshness.
War notes spans various Syrian regions and a decade, documenting the struggle of civilians and children to live, despite some of the world’s cruellest conditions.
The series pays particular attention to the war-torn areas of Eastern Ghouta near the capital of Damascus, besieged by Syrian government forces for more than nine years. The siege finally ended after nearly the entire region was levelled.
The remaining population was forcibly resettled in displacement camps, where more than four million Syrians currently live.
Born in Damascus, Syria, in 2001, Mouneb Taim is a freelance photojournalist with several international agencies and publishers, focusing on the social issues of his war-torn country.
He began his career at 13, capturing life under siege in Duma and Eastern Ghouta for many years. In 2021, he travelled to other parts of Syria – Idlib and Aleppo – to document the massacres and atrocities.
He captured the destruction of the daily air raids and shellings that these places endure.
Mouneb has received several international awards for his photojournalistic work.
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