The Democratic Desert

Robert King

© Robert King

The Syrian conflict is entering its third year. In this time there has been little if any international support from Democratic leaders to end the killing despite the fact that over 80 000 Syrians have been killed, as well as over 28 000 have gone missing. 1.2 million Syrians are displaced within their country and over 1.5 million Syrians are now refugees in neighboring countries.

Since February of 2012 Robert King has documented an unprecedented tragedy of the blatant targeting of civilians and hospitals by the al-Assad regime. He has also documented a number of other serious human rights violations and war crimes.

“As a photographer it is not my job to aspire towards aesthetically pleasing images of war that are palatable to the public or the photographic community. I have found, many viewers find it easer to condemn the image maker rather than the perpetrators of war crimes against humanity.” (Robert King)