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"Life" in Syria - devastating and getting worse

Such "cleverness" for the Americans, and its acolyte allies, to bomb Syria targeting ISIS.      The death and destruction which that will bring about - plus yet more refugees fleeing the already war-ravaged country - simply makes no sense on any level.   "Life" in Syria is already devastatingly and heart-breakingly hard enough now, as this piece on The International New York Times so graphically details.

 Syrians walked amid rubble after air strikes in Douma on Aug. 30. Credit Abd Doumany/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

"Every morning, at the dawn call to prayer, women and children move silently from the Damascus suburb of Douma to the surrounding farm fields, seeking safety from the day’s bombardments by the Syrian government.

The walk is part of a surreal routine described by the fraction of Douma’s residents who remain: shopping on half-demolished streets, scavenging wild greens, carrying out mass burials. But not even the fields are safe; recently, medics said, bombs killed two families there — 10 people, including seven children.

As crowds of Syrians transfix the world with their flight to Europe, this kind of life is one of the many nightmares they are fleeing. They leave behind increasingly empty neighborhoods — from the Damascus suburbs to the northern city of Aleppo — that testify to the scale of their exodus.

Such bombardments have been going on for years in insurgent-held areas like Douma, one of the first areas to revolt against the government in 2011. And yet, the situation can still get worse. The past month in Douma made that clear.


"More than 550 people, mostly civilians, have died in the past month in Douma and nearby suburbs, 123 of them children, Red Crescent medics say. August was one of the bloodiest months in the district, with at least 150 trauma injuries being treated each day from Aug. 12 to 31 — a number that includes only patients from 13 makeshift clinics that work with Doctors Without Borders."



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