Πέμπτη, 27 Ιουνίου 2013

A SYRIAN CITY’S LIFE, AMID THE FIGHTING POSTED BY NAWARA MAHFOUD

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When the Syrian Army entered the city of Homs, in February of last year, work stopped on a six-story apartment building that was under construction in the neighborhood of Inshaat. It made no sense to continue: the Syrian military was shelling the city indiscriminately to regain control of areas held by the Free Syrian Army. The investor behind the building fled the country, and let it be known that people who had lost their homes could move into the unfinished apartments. The locals outfitted the place with doors and windows. Each floor has eight rooms, and each displaced family gets one; each floor has a bathroom and a kitchen.
A friend in Homs, whom I will call Nuha, helps run what is now a vertical refugee camp. She is a mother of two and a civil servant who lives in Inshaat, which borders Baba Amr, a neighborhood that had been a stronghold for the revolution. Army tanks rolled into Inshaat last year, on their way to invade Baba Amr. The rebels held the streets, and then a few blocks, but government forces pushed their way in. Many in the neighborhood fled, or were killed or imprisoned.

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