a fragile reality by achilleas zavallis
The Christian minority of Syria accounts for about 10% of the country’s population. With the Syrian conflict running its third year and with radical Islamic groups gaining power and influence, many Christians choose to leave from areas that are under the control of the Islamists and seek refuge in government-held areas or in Europe.
In the province of Al Hasakeh in Northern Syria, the Christian minority chose to remain, despite the fact that the government withdrew the majority of its forces, and work alongside the Kurds, who constitute the majority ethnic group of the area, in fighting the Islamists.
With many members of the community leaving for Europe in search of safety and a better life, the ones who remain are forming their own militias and are preparing for the worst.
Achilleas Zavallis is a full-time freelance photographer spending his time between the Middle East and Europe. Specializing in editorial photography, he has an interest in conflict and post-conflict issues.
From 2005 to 2011 he was based in Greece documenting the economic crisis and the impact it had on the social fabric of the country. He shifted his attention to the Middle East in 2012 to document, among other issues, the war in Syria along with the implications it has on the region.
See Achilleas’ website here.