In war, the dead are just numbers, in Syria they are not even there: the air strikes are too merciless, too dangerous, the UN explained in 2013. Verifying sources became an overly complicated task, so instead of stopping the war, the organization stopped counting the dead.
Analysts have tracked down 500 000 dead. Others say the figure is more than double that. Others say nothing, like Assad. Some say that the dead are exhibition docks.
Australian journalist Rania Abouzeid has reported from Syria for all the major newspapers. With her Arab ancestry, she has been able to move around relatively unnoticed, and thus been able to penetrate deeper into the country than us. . .
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