Author: Philipp Breu

  • A visit to Halabja

    Today I visited the city of Halabja in Kurdistan, Iraq. A city that came to unexpected fame on March 16th 1988, when it was heavily gassed with chemical agents by the Iraqi air force. Approximately up to 5000 Kurdish people died in the attack. In 2016, the city remains a conservative PUK stronghold merely 10 […]

  • First Screening of “Bilder Krieg – Picturing War” in Germany

    On Saturday, Konstantin Flemig showed his movie “Bilder Krieg – Picturing War” for the first time to a German audience. The movie was screened at the venues of the Sprechsaal in Berlin Mitte, where the War Zone Freelance Exhibition is currently showing their photos. One of the founders and exhibitors, Benjamin Hiller, is also the […]

  • The War Zone Freelance Exhibition in Berlin

    On March 18, my friends and colleagues over at the War Zone Freelance Exhibition opened their newest exhibition in the venues of the Sprechsaal in Berlin, Germany. They show the work they have done over the years from countries like Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, or Jordan. The exhibition also includes various footage from their journeys and […]

  • A day with the lifesavers of Sea-Watch

    Today I was invited to spend a day with the lifesavers of Sea-Watch from Germany to document their important work. They are stand-by 24/7 to guard the coast of Lesbos in Greece to find and rescue refugee boats coming from Turkey. Without their endeavours, a lot more names would be on the list of people […]

  • The martyr’s cemetery of Hezbollah in Beirut

    If you are interested in Lebanon’s main Shia party and you happen to be in Beirut, make sure to check out the main cemetery of martyrs in Beirut. In Arabic it’s called “روضة الشهيدين“, which means “Place of two martyrs” in English. Many of the party’s fighters have died during the 2006 war with Israel, […]

  • Qalaat El Hosn near Majdal Anjar

    In the Lebanese border town of Majdal Anjar there is not much to see except for the Lebanese-Syrian border crossing not even a kilometre away. But the city has a hill that can be seen from far, and if you dare to drive your car through the small alleys of this town, you’ll find yourself […]

  • Oscar Niemeyer Fair in Tripoli, Lebanon

    Last weekend I visited Tripoli in Northern Lebanon again, this time to take a full afternoon and admire the beauty of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s legacy in Lebanon. Niemeyer built a fair for the city, and construction was about to be finished within the next years, when the civil war in Lebanon started and halted […]

  • The Jewish cemetery of Beirut, Lebanon

    Welcome to the Jewish cemetery in Beirut, Lebanon.  Many visitors of Beirut would never think that this city actually has a very old Jewish cemetery, which is located right on Sodeco square near the district of Ashrafiyeh. The cemetery is closed off to the public since many years, but it is possible to see some […]

  • Baalbek, Lebanon

    The city of Baalbek (Arabic: “بعلبك“) in Lebanon is situated right in the heart of the Bekaa valley. Baalbek is a predominantly Shia city with roughly 80.000 inhabitants. Most foreign visitors visit Baalbek for its massive Roman ruins. The city is a stronghold of Hezbollah and features one of the country’s most beautiful mosques, called […]

  • The ruins of Anjar, Lebanon

    The city of Anjar, or “عنجر” in Arabic, is situated in the Beqaa valley, not even ten kilometres away from the border to Syria. Anjar used to be a big city during the Umayyad period, and has been preserved as a UNESCO world heritage site since 1984.