Drone image of the Mashhad District of Aleppo. Source: Aleppo Media Center (AMC)

Berlin, 1945; Grozny, 2000; Aleppo, 2016

by The Aleppo Project on October 19, 2016

The destruction is so complete that it obliterates even a sense of time, writes New York Times critic Michael Kimmelman about a video of Aleppo. At a glance, the video shot from a drone could show Berlin in 1945 or Grozny, 2000. Mass death erases all distinctions.  The place is  the Mashhad district, or what remains of it after recent attacks by Syrian government forces and their Russian allies. Toppled rooftop satellite dishes, choked by plaster dust, resemble wilted flowers. Figures move through the pulverized rubble but are hard to make out.

The Aleppo ProjectBerlin, 1945; Grozny, 2000; Aleppo, 2016