“Talk to Me So I Know You Are Safe”: Syrian Refugees Text Home

Displaced Syrians send messages to loved ones trapped in the middle of their country’s civil war.

Liam Maloney

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His face lit by the phone in his hand, a boy texts with family members in Homs, Syria, the site of some of the worst fighting in his country’s three-year civil war. The teen was one of 100 or so refugees photographer Liam Maloney found living in an abandoned slaughterhouse in northern Lebanon. Maloney’s “Texting Syria” project depicts the displaced Syrians and their texts with loved ones behind the frontlines.
 


 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

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