What governs our relationships with our nations? Are they based on sentiments of belonging and love, or are they based on what our nations can provide for us? What if misery is all that it can provide? Could love alone sustain our relationship with it?
I couldn’t do anything for her, I continued on my way after he smacked her on the head in the middle of the street. He hit her so hard that she almost fell to the ground. She was 13 or 14 years old, and she did not dare lift her head after he hit her, while he repeated: “you filthy dog.”
We can tell different events throughout the day and we witness indicators that famine is imminent. Food did not completely disappear from the markets, however, it has become hard to reach and more expensive. Moreover, purchases have become smaller, sellers count the pieces carefully, and women calculate the share of each child and accordingly buy a smaller amount with an increased dependency on larger quantities of bread.
How will the people progress, or even start to imagine days going by without misery, when they spend half their days in queues, and the other half wondering and asking about the time they will be receiving their rations, or resting after the fatigue of the long wait?
Within the tremendous amount of fear Syrians have been through, it is just routine to them, so they go out and talk about a viral infection that attacks behind closed doors, and about a war they’ve witnessed with their own eyes. In a battle between war and virus, war is always the victor.