A Syrian boy arranges peppers at a market in the rebel-held area of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 19, 2016, after humanitarian relief failed to enter the city under seige. AFP / KARAM AL-MASRI
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ALEPPO, Syria: For Karam al-Masri, AFP's reporter, photographer and videojournalist in rebel-held Aleppo, the past five years have been a series of tragedies: detention by the regime, and then Daesh (ISIS), the death of his parents in an airstrike, the siege of his hometown, hunger and bombardment.Most of my friends are gone, either dead or in exile.My life since the beginning of the bombing in Aleppo has become about trying to stay alive. Before the siege, I spent the day outside looking for stories to film.The following year, in July 2012, Aleppo was divided into two, with the eastern side held by rebels and the western side by the regime.The 165 days in [Daesh] detention are etched into my memory.My friends tried to persuade me not to go to my house and told me what had happened.In 2016, the city came under siege.I got the idea of becoming a cameraman in 2012, when I filmed protests with my cellphone and uploaded the images online to show what was really happening, that it wasn't just 10 people or just terrorists like the regime said.
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