Visitors look at a gruesome collection of images of dead bodies taken by “Caesar,” at the UN Headquarters in New York.
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The news that the Syrian regime is systematically torturing detainees to death – as claimed by monitoring groups and highlighted in an exhibition on display at United Nations headquarters, and denied by Damascus – is different from seeing the evidence.In recent weeks, over 200 families have received a form of closure by identifying the fate of their loved ones after poring over leaked photographs of the dead. The photos were originally taken by a former police photographer, code-named Caesar, who fled the country and smuggled out some 55,000 images documenting the deaths of thousands of detainees.When the torture victim photos were posted last week, Amer took up the search again, but failed to make any progress.Amer was in shock. He sent the photo to the association, and asked for photos of the man's entire body for confirmation. Marianna described it as a painful and disorganized way to identify victims, arguing that a third party should at least be involved and assist the families. After the first 50 photos, she decided to stop, dreading the emotionally draining process. Abu Zeid didn't tell his family for a whole day.
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