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The women who fled | Photographer: Espen Rasmussen

The women who fled  | Photographer: Espen Rasmussen | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

On a thin mattress by the wall sits Rana Alkassem Alkhaled with her children. She lost her husband in the deadly conflict in Syria, and fled to safer grounds accross the border in Lebanon. She is not alone. According to the UNHCR, of the more than 30,000 Syrians who have fled to neighbouring Lebanon, 80 percent are women and children. "The future is dark", says Rana, with her three children Maisaa (9), Bassema (8) and Omar (3) around her. The storage room they are renting is extremly hot, around 40 degrees celcius. The owner made two small holes in the concrete walls to let some fresh air in.

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Syria | Photojournalist: Javier Manzano

Syria | Photojournalist: Javier Manzano | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Two Syrian rebels take sniper positions at the heavily contested neighborhood of Karmal Jabl in central Aleppo on Oct. 18, 2012. Violence persisted on Oct. 19 with rebels and loyalists of President Bashar al-Assad locked in battle for the northwestern town of Maaret al-Numan on the Damascus-Aleppo highway linking Syria’s two biggest cities. (AFP PHOTO/JAVIER MANZANO)

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Javier Manzano is a photojournalist and filmmaker based in the United States. Born in Mexico, Manzano moved with his family to the US at the age of 18. To a large extent, Manzano's work has focused on the many cross-border issues that bind these two nations together - as estranged neighbors, vital partners and at times feeble associates. His career started in the newspaper industry as a photo- and videojournalist, and later expanded into television and electronic media. The Rocky Mountain News, Manzano's last employer, closed its doors in February of 2009. Since then, Javier has worked as a freelance photographer producing a wide range of material, from editorial and commercial, to news and documentary films.

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