Photo of the Day: Syrians Leave Home, Stay Alive

Jun 30, 2011
Allan MacDonell is TakePart’s News + Opinion editor, with a focus on social justice.

The Arab Spring has been a season of particular brutality in Syria. Rather than remain in their homeland and endure a bestial repression that consistently answers free speech with death, thousands of Syrians have fled to refugee camps, such as this enclosure in the Turkish border town of Boynuyogun in Hatay province.

The kids are the most lasting casualties. (Photo: Osman Orsal/Reuters)

The toddler pictured above may be too young to read, but he is certainly capable of crying out the words painted across his chest: "Leave, you butcher!"

That butcher is President Bashar al-Assad. At current count, Assad's security forces have killed 1,504 people since anti-government demonstrations began in mid-March.

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