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The Free Syrian Army

  • Photographer
    Natasha Fillion

The Free Syrian Army is an armed resistance group opposed to Syria's President, Bashar al-Assad's brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters. Their role is to work with demonstrators to bring down the system. The Syrian region of Jabal al-Zawiya, in the northwestern province of Idlib has, in the past, been considered a safe-zone for army deserters. The group has spread across its mountainous landscape and adopted guerrilla-style tactics. But in December 2011, the military besieged the area hunting down and killing some 200 army deserters and civilians in what activists say was one of the deadliest massacres of the uprising.

Natasha Fillion is a Canadian photojournalist. She discovered photojournalism while backpacking around the world in her late teens and early 20's. She studied Photojournalism at Loyalist Collage in Canada and started her career freelancing for daily newspapers in Montreal. She was based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti for a year after the 2010 earthquake. Most recently she has focused her lens on the Syrian revolution, she crossed into the country illegally from Turkey and for two weeks covered the uprising with the opposition army and local activists.