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360° Virtual Reality Video Gives Brutal New View Of Syrian War Destruction

360° Virtual Reality Video Gives Brutal New View Of Syrian War Destruction

A new virtual reality video of a war-ravaged Syrian city offers an unprecedented 360° interactive view of the destruction left by the country's ongoing civil war. French daily Le Parisien reports that the video was filmed in the northwestern city of Jisr ash-Shughur with a six-camera system that allows the viewer to look in all directions.

The images, which the Paris-based Okio Studio transformed into the 360° viewing experience, were shot by a Syrian journalist between May and July in the city that was the site of fierce fighting between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and a coalition of Islamist rebels, which eventually took control of Jisr ash-Shughur over the summer.

The technology, which Le Parisien recommends is best experienced with a virtual reality headset, allows the viewer to explore the moving video in all directions by using the arrows in the upper left of the screen or dragging across the screen.

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Parenthood And The Pressure Of Always Having To Be Doing Better

As a father myself, I'm now better able to understand the pressures my own dad faced. It's helped me face my own internal demands to constantly be more productive and do better.

Photo of a father with a son on his shoulders

Father and son in the streets of Madrid, Spain

Ignacio Pereyra*

-Essay-

When I was a child — I must have been around eight or so — whenever we headed with my mom and grandma to my aunt's country house in Don Torcuato, outside of Buenos Aires, there was the joy of summer plans. Spending the day outdoors, playing soccer in the field, being in the swimming pool and eating delicious food.

But when I focus on the moment, something like a painful thorn appears in the background: from the back window of the car I see my dad standing on the sidewalk waving us goodbye. Sometimes he would stay at home. “I have to work” was the line he used.

Maybe one of my older siblings would also stay behind with him, but I'm sure there were no children left around because we were all enthusiastic about going to my aunt’s. For a long time in his life, for my old man, those summer days must have been the closest he came to being alone, in silence (which he liked so much) and in calm, considering that he was the father of seven. But I can only see this and say it out loud today.

Over the years, the scene repeated itself: the destination changed — it could be a birthday or a family reunion. The thorn was no longer invisible but began to be uncomfortable as, being older, my interpretation of the events changed. When words were absent, I started to guess what might be happening — and we know how random guessing can be.

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