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

As the three-year anniversary approaches, there's little reason for optimism.

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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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