Day 1,092: Two photos from quiet Syria demonstrations in DC

Activists read names of people killed in Syria outside the White House March 12, 2014 in Washington, DC, part of a three-day vigil where they will read the names of over 100,000 people who have died in Syria during the last three years of civil war.

Today is Day 1,092 of the Syria conflict, as measured from when security forces first opened fire on protesters in Daraa on March 18, 2011 — the first deaths of the uprising. 

Above is a photo of activists in front of the White House, reading the names of over 100,000 individuals who have died in Syria in the past three years. Below is a photo of graffiti artist Banksy's updated design of the girl with the red balloon, part of the #WithSyria campaign, which this blog mentioned here, on a utility box near the US Capitol in Washington, DC.

Yesterday UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to Russia and the US to help restart stalled peace talks — a gesture it's pretty hard to get excited about, for reasons outlined by GlobalPost correspondent Tracey Shelton in January.

In other news, a Reuters report yesterday afternoon suggested depression and schizophrenia are becoming more common among Syrian refugees. For in-depth reporting on this issue, you can head to GlobalPost's coverage of the mental health crisis in Domiz refugee camp — "I beat my children because of my trauma," one man told GlobalPost. A remarkable personal account from a psychiatrist of his trip to visit Syrian refugees in Jordan is also available over at The Atlantic.

The conflict continues.


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