OmarKhani Omar Al Khani

Omar Al Khani is a Syrian citizen born and raised in Damascus. After graduating from the Marketing Department at the Damascus University in 2003, he left Syria for seven years, where he lived and worked abroad. While living in Sudan during the explosive Egyptian revolution, Omar quit his job, left Sudan and returned to his family in Syria, hungry to participate in a movement of change for his own country. Al Khani has worked with many foreign journalists and news outlets in Syria and is also a photographer himself. His photography has been featured in newspapers and magazines across the globe such as Times, New York Times and The Guardian.“Death Visited Me, and Yet on the Shelf, there was no Coffee," was his first film. Most footage and script writing is Al Kani's own work from his experiences in the Damascus suburbs.

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Ruins of Palmyra
Palmyra
By Omar Al Khani
20 Mar 2011

Palmyra is "an oasis in the Syrian desert, north-east of Damascus, Palmyra contains the monumental ruins of a great city that was one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world. From the 1st to the 2nd century, the art and architecture of Palmyra, standing at the crossroads of several civilizations, married Graeco-Roman techniques with local traditions and Persian influences." (UNESCO World Heritage Site Official Website,)


 

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Kurds Celebrate Nowruz in Turkey
Turkey, Diyarbakir
By Omar Al Khani
24 Mar 2015

Thousands of Kurds celebrate Kurdish New Years (Nowruz) in the city of Diyarbakir, in eastern Turkey. An ancient Persian tradition, Nowruz is the biggest holiday in the Kurdish calendar and this year it took on a particularly strong political tone in light of the nearby conflicts in Syria.

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For Syria's Children, Work Instead of...
North of Syria
By Omar Al Khani
23 Jul 2014

As the violence in Syria drags on, children inside and outside the country have been forced to give up school and become child labors. Wages for child workers inside the Syria is not more than 8$ per week, but there's no other choice as they struggle to help support their families.

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For Syria's Children, Work Instead of...
North of Syria
By Omar Al Khani
21 Mar 2015

As the violence in Syria drags on, children inside and outside the country have been forced to give up school and become child labors. Wages for child workers inside the Syria is not more than 8$ per week, but there's no other choice as they struggle to help support their families.

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For Syria's Children, Work Instead of...
North of Syria
By Omar Al Khani
25 Jul 2014

As the violence in Syria drags on, children inside and outside the country have been forced to give up school and become child labors. Wages for child workers inside the Syria is not more than 8$ per week, but there's no other choice as they struggle to help support their families.

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For Syria's Children, Work Instead of...
North of Syria
By Omar Al Khani
20 Jul 2014

As the violence in Syria drags on, children inside and outside the country have been forced to give up school and become child labors. Wages for child workers inside the Syria is not more than 8$ per week, but there's no other choice as they struggle to help support their families.

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For Syria's Children, Work Instead of...
North of Syria
By Omar Al Khani
14 Jun 2014

As the violence in Syria drags on, children inside and outside the country have been forced to give up school and become child labors. Wages for child workers inside the Syria is not more than 8$ per week, but there's no other choice as they struggle to help support their families.

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For Syria's Children, Work Instead of...
North of Syria
By Omar Al Khani
24 Jul 2014

As the violence in Syria drags on, children inside and outside the country have been forced to give up school and become child labors. Wages for child workers inside the Syria is not more than 8$ per week, but there's no other choice as they struggle to help support their families.

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For Syria's Children, Work Instead of...
North of Syria
By Omar Al Khani
15 Sep 2014

As the violence in Syria drags on, children inside and outside the country have been forced to give up school and become child labors. Wages for child workers inside the Syria is not more than 8$ per week, but there's no other choice as they struggle to help support their families.

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For Syria's Children, Work Instead of...
North of Syria
By Omar Al Khani
24 Jul 2014

As the violence in Syria drags on, children inside and outside the country have been forced to give up school and become child labors. Wages for child workers inside the Syria is not more than 8$ per week, but there's no other choice as they struggle to help support their families.

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For Syria's Children, Work Instead of...
North of Syria
By Omar Al Khani
20 Jul 2014

As the violence in Syria drags on, children inside and outside the country have been forced to give up school and become child labors. Wages for child workers inside the Syria is not more than 8$ per week, but there's no other choice as they struggle to help support their families.

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Palmyra Archaeological Site
By Omar Al Khani
20 Mar 2011

Ruins of Palmyra, Syria, UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Palmyra Archaeological Site
By Omar Al Khani
20 Mar 2011

A steam train passes near the archaeological site of Palmyra, Syria.

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Palmyra Archaeological Site
By Omar Al Khani
20 Mar 2011

Ruins of Palmyra, Syria, UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Palmyra Archaeological Site
By Omar Al Khani
20 Mar 2011

Ruins of Palmyra, Syria, UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Palmyra Archaeological Site
By Omar Al Khani
20 Mar 2011

Ruins of Palmyra, Syria, UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Palmyra Archaeological Site
By Omar Al Khani
20 Mar 2011

Ruins of Palmyra, Syria, UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Palmyra Archaeological Site
By Omar Al Khani
20 Mar 2011

Ruins of Palmyra, Syria, UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Palmyra Archaeological Site
By Omar Al Khani
20 Mar 2011

Ruins of Palmyra, Syria, UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Palmyra Archaeological Site
By Omar Al Khani
20 Mar 2011

Ruins of Palmyra, Syria, UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Palmyra Archaeological Site
By Omar Al Khani
20 Mar 2011

Ruins of Palmyra, Syria, UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Palmyra Archaeological Site
By Omar Al Khani
20 Mar 2011

Ruins of Palmyra, Syria, UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Palmyra Archaeological Site
By Omar Al Khani
20 Mar 2011

Ruins of Palmyra, Syria, UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Palmyra Archaeological Site
By Omar Al Khani
20 Mar 2011

Ruins of Palmyra, Syria, UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Palmyra Archaeological Site
By Omar Al Khani
20 Mar 2011

Ruins of Palmyra, Syria, UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Palmyra Archaeological Site
By Omar Al Khani
20 Mar 2011

Ruins of Palmyra, Syria, UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Palmyra Archaeological Site
By Omar Al Khani
20 Mar 2011

Ruins of Palmyra, Syria, UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Kurds Celebrate Nowruz 06
Diyarbakir, Turkey
By Omar Al Khani
21 Mar 2015

A flame of fire during the celebration of Nowruz holiday.

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Kurds Celebrate Nowruz 07
Diyarbakir, Turkey
By Omar Al Khani
21 Mar 2015

A Kurdish woman waves a flag during the Nowruz celebration in Diyarbakir, Turkey.

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Kurds Celebrate Nowruz 05
Diyarbakir, Turkey
By Omar Al Khani
21 Mar 2015

A celebration attendee uses umbrella to protect from the rain.

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Kurds Celebrate Nowruz 03
Diyarbakir, Turkey
By Omar Al Khani
21 Mar 2015

Kurds raise the flags of Kurdish political parties, including the outlawed PKK or Kurdistan Workers Party, as they celebrate Nowruz holiday.

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Diyarbakir, Turkey
By Omar Al Khani
21 Mar 2015

A huge gathering of Kurds celebrating the Nowruz holiday.

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Burnt, Starved, and Idle- A Syrian Fa...
By Omar Al Khani
24 Apr 2014

Most of the family spends their time in this one room. As there is no work and little security in the village, the family spends the majority of their time doing nothing.

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Burnt, Starved, and Idle- A Syrian Fa...
By Omar Al Khani
23 Apr 2014

Abdullah's grandmother stares in the direction of her grandson, but she is not able to recognize him because she is 80% blind in both eyes. Like many in Abdullah's family, his grandmother is unable to help provide for the family because of her health and age.

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Burnt, Starved, and Idle- A Syrian Fa...
By Omar Al Khani
24 Apr 2014

These children lost their father when the town was shelled 8 months ago. They now live in the same house with their aunt and their mothers family.

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Burnt, Starved, and Idle- A Syrian Fa...
By Omar Al Khani
24 Apr 2014

The family kitchen. This kitchen is what is used to feed all 13 family members. The children collect firewood from neighboring farms which their mother uses to heat the water and sterilize milk for the baby.

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Burnt, Starved, and Idle- A Syrian Fa...
By Omar Al Khani
24 Apr 2014

This oven has not been used for the last ten months because there is no available flour with which to make bread. Flour used to be provided by the Idlib municipality, but since the outbreak of hostilities in the area, the Syrian government has stopped the flow of supplies to the town and imposed an economic and military siege on the whole area.

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Burnt, Starved, and Idle- A Syrian Fa...
By Omar Al Khani
24 Apr 2014

14-year-old Nada would not look at the camera. She initially thought the photographer was part of a charity. She dreams of becoming a pharmacist.

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Burnt, Starved, and Idle- A Syrian Fa...
By Omar Al Khani
24 Apr 2014

The family's footwear. Abdullah lives in a small two room house with 13 family members (children, women and old).

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Burnt, Starved, and Idle- A Syrian Fa...
By Omar Al Khani
24 Apr 2014

Abdullah sitting idle in his family home. 5 year old Abdullah is confined to the house because he is not able to walk. His mother is responsible for taking care of all of his needs.

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Burnt, Starved, and Idle- A Syrian Fa...
By Omar Al Khani
23 Apr 2014

Abdullah's severely burnt legs. Abdullah was burnt by shell fire in his village and he now needs a skin transplant to be able to walk again. Some doctors advised the family to use honey on his skin as a supplementary treatment. However, they cannot afford the cost.