An artwork by Syrian artist Youssef Abdelke is displayed at a gallery in Beirut January 6, 2014. While activists and state journalists are out on the front line recording every shell blast and clash, ... more 
An artwork by Syrian artist Youssef Abdelke is displayed at a gallery in Beirut January 6, 2014. While activists and state journalists are out on the front line recording every shell blast and clash, silver-haired 63-year-old painter Abdelke has found his own more personal way of reporting on the hardships of fellow Syrians, using charcoal and paper. Abdelke has also been touring the Middle East with his work. But he always returns, doggedly, to his base in Damascus. Inside Syria, while art schools are still functioning and a few dozen artists keep up residences, Abdelke says exhibitions have become nearly impossible. Picture taken January 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi (LEBANON - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT) less 
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Reuters | Photo By JAMAL SAIDI / REUTERS
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