Syria is now the questionable home to mothers and children who are either forgotten, ignored or condemned.
“There’s only one exit,” our guide tells us at the place where we’re staying. “If you need to evacuate, don’t turn left outside. That part of the street belongs to Assad.”
We landed in Qatar less than 24 hours before and were warned not to eat in public or carry water bottles, despite the air’s parching dryness. The entire land is in the grip of Ramadan, one of Islam’s most important religious observances.
Looking down at the bustling, dusty road, it’s hard to imagine pieces of this city belonging to a subset of al-Qaeda, one of the world’s most dangerous terrorist groups