Photograph by Dimitar Dilkoff—AFP/Getty Images
On April 15, 2013, while driving along the western edge of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, AFP photographer Dimitar Dilkoff came across an odd sight: an overloaded truck lumbering down the road, a young boy clutching a satellite dish riding in the back.
The boy’s family was fleeing the city in the wake of yet another air raid earlier that morning. “One building with people inside was demolished,” Dilkoff tells TIME. “There were many injured. Most people left in the city were very nervous and irate.”
“I took some pictures through the car window with hope that there would be just one in focus,” he says. “After that we lost the truck in heavy traffic.”
The image he captured (above), somewhat softened by the filter of his windshield, was featured in this week’s Pictures of the Week on LightBox and in the New York Times.
“The satellite dish is kind of absurd and useless there,” Dilkoff says, because the greater part of city has been without electricity since it became one of the nation’s central battlegrounds last July. “But it is a very important belonging for that family on their way out of Aleppo.”
“Currently there isn’t a fierce fight between the government army and the rebels,” he adds, “but there are snipers, mortars shelling and air strikes, which make the daily life of the local people very dangerous and unforeseen.”
According to AFP, “some 1.3 million people have fled Syria to neighboring countries since the beginning of the conflict, which has cost well over 70,000 lives.”
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