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FOCUS - Syria's nightmare, through the lens

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A young boy, Ahmed, is comforted by mourners during the funeral in Idlib of his father, who was killed by a Syrian army sniper. Rodrigo Abd
A young boy, Ahmed, is comforted by mourners during the funeral in Idlib of his father, who was killed by a Syrian army sniper. Rodrigo Abd

 

This year's Pulitzer prizes for journalism highlighted the remarkable achievements by photographers from the Associated Press.

Coverage of the civil war in Syria earned the Breaking News Prize for five photographers from the agency.

The "compelling" images, as they were described by the judges, were produced "under extreme hazard".

In the words of AP's director of photography, Santiago Lyon, the team of Rodrigo Abd, Manu Brabo, Narciso Contreras, Khalil Hamra and Muhammed Muheisen were "some of the bravest and most-talented photographers in the world".

Some of the most powerful images draw attention to the plight of the most helpless victims of the fighting - Syria's children.

Rodrigo Abd caught the grief-wracked face of a young boy at the funeral of his father, killed by a Syrian Army sniper, while Muhammed Muheisen revealed the hopelessness of 10-year-old Abdullah Ahmed, who was left with terrible burns after a government air raid. He is now living in a tent in a refugee camp.

Muheisen, 31, is a Jordanian who has been working for AP for a decade, while Abd, an Argentinian, crossed into Syria from Turkey, travelling with fighters from the Free Syrian Army to the heart of some of the most brutal clashes around the rebel stronghold of Idlib.

Spanish photographer Manu Brabo was singled out for his image of a father holding the body of his son, also killed by the Syrian Army, outside the Dar El Shifa hospital in Aleppo.

In an interview last October, Brabo spoke of "such murder. such horror: children ripped to shreds, mothers, the elderly ... lorries filled with dying bodies arriving at the hospital. There is nowhere to hide or assimilate it".