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Photos Depicting Torture In Syria Shock Viewers At U.N.

The exhibit, on display at the U.N. headquarters, captures the atrocities committed by Bashar al-Assad's regime. Warning: this post contains graphic images.

Posted on March 11, 2015, at 12:21 p.m. ET

A photo exhibit at the United Nations is displaying images depicting torture and other atrocities committed by Bashar al-Assad's regime. Taken between 2011 and 2013, they show approximately 11,000 deaths.

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The photographs were taken by a crime scene photographer for the Syrian military who now goes by the pseudonym Caesar.

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Caesar smuggled the photos out of Syria on flash drives. The photos were brought to the U.S. last July with the help of the Coalition for a Democratic Syria.

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"Anyone who has seen the images will never forget them," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said last week in a speech to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. "It defies anybody's sense of humanity."

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The photos show men, women, and children tortured and starved to death. Caesar testified to Congress, in disguise, saying he witnessed a "genocidal massacre."

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The photos will be on display at the U.N. headquarters in New York until March 21.

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