The Choice to Defect

PhotographerSamer Almadani
Prize3rd Place in Editorial / War/Conflict
City/CountryChicago, United States
Photo Date7/1/2014
Entry Description

This image is from a series called 18 Inches: Distance from Head to Heart, about conflict between logic and emotion. The Syrian conflict has really resonated with me in my daily struggle to do as much as possible to help the innocent civilians and victims of the humanitarian crisis. This is a story of a Syrian solider about to execute a mother and her child, but finally decides he cannot do it anymore. In this moment he decides to defect. He is immediately conflicted between what he has been ordered to do and what he no longer feels he can do.