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Matthew Schrier

Freelance Photographer & Al Qaeda Syrian Prison Survivor

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  Matthew Schrier Profile

In December 2012, Matthew Schrier embarked for Aleppo, Syria to link up with his connections in the Free Syrian Army in an attempt to capture the most intense combat images coming out of the country at the time. It was only his second time going out into the field and by financing the trip himself, he managed to get to the front lines of the most dangerous positions in the city -- the Karm al Jabal district and outside the besieged Air Force Intelligence Directorate.

After shooting for eighteen days and getting everything he set out for, from life on the front lines to house to house combat, he decided his work was done and headed home. When he was forty-five minutes from the Turkish border, his ride was suddenly cut off and forced to a halt by an oncoming vehicle occupied by four members of the al Nusra Front, the most powerful terrorist group in the country at the time (a group the western world has come to know as Al Qaeda in Syria). He was immediately taken prisoner and the beginning of a hellish nightmare few have lived to tell had officially begun.

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