The Teaming Streets of Damascus

Like most of us outside of the Middle East, I’ve had the luxury of not being directly impacted by the events in Syria. I realize I am lucky to live in a part of the world that has not seen large scale violence since 1814, and even then PEI wasn’t the site of any major battles. The expulsion of the Acadians  in the mid 1700s was the last time we had major disruptions on this small island.

Back to the present and Syria. The Yarmouk section of Damascus has been home to Palestinian refugees since 1948, but recently has been the scene of devastation in the current civil war. Worst of all, the battles between the factions have prevented aid from entering the camp for many months.

Here is  a lineup for food supplies:

The Canadian Press – This picture taken on Jan. 31, 2014, and released by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), shows residents of the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk, queuing to receive food supplies, in Damascus, Syria. A United Nations official is calling on warring sides in Syria to allow aid workers to resume distribution of food and medicine in a besieged Palestinian district of Damascus. The call comes as U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon urged Syrian government to authorize more humanitarian staff to work inside the country, devastated by its 3-year-old conflict. (AP Photo/UNRWA)

Images like this remind me how lucky (and I do mean pure luck) I am.

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