Late last year, during a particularly bad day of fighting between the Free Syrian Army and the Assad regime, a band of rebels took refuge in the basement of an abandoned factory building in Aleppo. They had just lost two men and were in desperate need of more supplies and more fighters.
As we all waited for the shelling to stop, I discovered a small hole in one of the factory walls. With that opening providing our only light, I photographed many of the rebels, each with the single item they claimed was the most crucial in their struggle against the government.—Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini
Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini is a photojournalist based in NYC and the Middle East known for his work in conflict zones. What They Bring to Battle is a powerful portrait of Syrian rebels and their favored weapons; a series rendered more intense through the glimpses revealed.
Abou Abdou, 25: “I’m in charge of our bombs. I make them, I dismantle them, and I use the enemy’s own artillery to kill them. I like bombs because they tickle my ears when they explode. It’s a nice feeling.”
Aiman Swade, 31: “I am the leader of these fighters. My radio is what I carry with me all the time. It’s how I organize and direct operations. Besides that, I carry my family’s memories. They all died in Al Bab.”
via New Republic