A city at war
Damascus, June 2012

It looks like Baghdad before Saddam’s fall. Public buildings and police stations are surrounded by soldiers, armed positions and sand bags; check points cut the streets; carbombs explode in the middle of the town and gunfire breaks the nights. The war is getting closer to the center of power. But still many people carry on with their lives, go to the Friday prayer, fill the suq in the Old City and sit smoking narghile in the coffee shops.