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A multimedia project chronicling the lives of everyday people in the Syrian civil war.

Greetings From Syria: Photographing a Civil War. will tell the story of everyday Syrians struggling to survive civil war. I'll spend a month in the region shooting photos and video for publication and exhibition.

I'll be traveling with veteran war reporter and author David Axe (WAR IS BORING, ARMY OF GOD). We'll meet fighters, civilians and refugees in this third terrible year of war.

Needless to say, this will be expensive. Costs include travel, lodging, local transportation, security and equipment. We need your help to make our work possible.

Some of my photos will accompany stories David will be publishing at Medium.com, a new online publishing platform that will be covering the balance of our expenses. These photos and others later will be exhibited in Columbia, S.C., my hometown. We will also be producing a short documentary that will be made available online.

Syria long has been a battleground for competing empires. But it's everyday people who suffer. We want to help readers in the U.S. and other parts of the world better understand that awful truth.

The people caught in the middle share many of the same values as the rest of us. Three years ago they went to work and raised their families. Now they dodge bullets and eke out a hard existence in refugee camps. Their only options are to fight, hide or flee.

Familial Roots: My mother's paternal grandfather, Lutfallah Jarjoura Saad Al Arsoni, was a Syrian-Lebanese immigrant who came to the U.S. in 1906. He was a successful businessman and raised a large family in eastern North Carolina. Both he and his son -- my grandfather -- died before I was born. I never got a chance to know them or my own Arab roots. For me, this is a very personal project.

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Conditions on the ground in Syria can change without warning. Death, injury and kidnapping are real threats. And despite our best efforts, it's possible that we could be denied access to the battlefield. Preparation and resources are the keys to doing to this work safely and successfully.

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