Will it survive?
As I heard the news from Syria this weekend, talked to family there, and read everyone’s Facebook statuses I found myself sifting through my pictures from my last visit there in 2010. The more I looked, the bigger the heartache and the worry. While people are dying there on a daily basis, I couldn’t help but wonder about all the beautiful and priceless history there, will it survive? Will it survive the growing conflict, and a possible international military action? Will the famous Umayyad Mosque (completed in 750 AD), Norias of Hama (dating back to the Byzantine Era), the great Citadel of Aleppo (3rd millennium BC ~ 12th century AD), and the Church of St. Simeon (475 AD) to name very few sites survive? Will the ancient columns of stunning Palmyra still stand there?
So much heartache and helplessness, I guess all what is left is wishing and praying that this chaos will stop sooner than later. Reality is, it will still get worse before getting better. My dearest Syria, I hope they realize how precious you are, and that you have bled enough for the greed of some and the weakness of the rest..
These are a few of my photos that I took while I was there last.