This week marks two years since thousands of civilians and rebel fighters were displaced from Syria’s Eastern Ghouta. A writer based there at the time profiles one fighter, and how he chose between leaving his hometown and staying under Assad’s ruthless rule.
Will there still be lemons on the tree of our house in Douma next year? wonders this displaced resident. If so, who will eat them?
For over 100,000 civilians expelled from Eastern Ghouta, their new homes in official shelters bear striking resemblance to the regime’s fearsome detention centers.
In Iraq in the 1990s, the UN came up with an “oil for food” program. In Eastern Ghouta today, the international community is sponsoring a new formula: water in exchange for dignity, writes Osama Nassar from the besieged enclave.
From besieged Douma, the last remaining pocket of opposition-held Eastern Ghouta, Osama Nassar reflects on the fate awaiting him and his fellow residents as Russia and the Assad regime impose their “settlement” on the region’s starved and battered population.
Syrian writer and civil society activist Marcell Shehwaro adds an exile’s perspective to Osama Nassar’s recent article comparing siege and imprisonment.
A former political prisoner now living in besieged Ghouta reflects on the parallels between the two experiences.
Since the truce in Barzeh came into effect in early 2014, the population of the area has been in constant increase, and the regime checkpoints have turned into crossings for trades in different commodities.
This article by Yassin al Haj Saleh says that the Russo-American chemical deal is a continuation of the chemical massacre that the Assad regime committed three years ago.