Battle had been raging since July of 2012 between government forces and insurgents of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) for control of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Medical centers treating casualties in rebel-held districts became a target of the military, forcing doctors to work from an undercover network of clinics and hospitals, one of them being the Dar al-Shifa hospital. Once a private clinic owned by a businessman loyal to President Bashar Assad, Dar al-Shifa became a field hospital run by volunteer doctors, nurses and aides united by their opposition to the regime and the need to give medical care to both civilians and rebels.
After covering the Syrian revolution in Idlib and along the border between Syria and Lebanon, Sebastiano Tomada shifted his attention inside of Aleppo where he began covering the major advances and losses of the Free Syrian Army. With a focus on daily life and the medical conditions of a city under siege, Sebastiano brings us the cruel reality of the men, women and children who continue to live in the besieged city of Aleppo.
From the make-shift front lines to the lives of those who have lost their homes, this report poignantly documents the situations of the wounded, the difficulty of accessing health care and the precariousness of relief provision structures exposed to a war that has no end in sight.
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Sebastiano Tomada was born in 1986 in New York City. After growing up in Florence, Italy, he returned to New York to attend Parsons University and the New School, graduating with a double major in media studies and photography in 2009. It was during his time in college that he began to develop a personal style, focusing strongly on documentary and portrait photography.
Travelling extensively for publications in both the United States and Europe, Sebastiano’s work focuses on war-torn conflicts in some of the world’s most volatile regions, particularly the Middle East and Asia.
Sebastiano has received several prestigious honors, including a World Press Photo Award and the The Third Humanitarian Visa d’or award - International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Sebastiano is represented by Sipa USA in New York.