New Yorker - The river of Martyrs (18 images)

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Before the war, the park in the Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood of Aleppo was a public playground called Cobblers' Garden; now it is a makeshift cemetery known as the Garden of Martyrs. Benches and swing sets, stripped of their burnable parts, stand among the trash and weeds. Because most of the park falls within the range of government snipers, it is usually empty. In one corner, a metal fence separates a rough patch of earth from the street; scores of shallow graves lie beneath a tall tree....
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