Just a quick note. Hope all is well over in Ireland. Wish I was there with you.
I wrote before that my wife's father is from Damascus. He just gave me a little update the other day. All of his relatives who lived in the suburbs have been displaced to live with their relatives in Damascus. It sounds like the closer to the center of the capital city, the better. So it sounds like you are right that the city would be better than the countryside based on their first-hand experience.
Just thought you might be interested.
Thanks for the update. I’m glad to hear that your relatives found a safer place.
A case like this is complicated. When there’s full on war there’s hardly a safe place no matter where you are unless you escape the conflict region entirely. I would have left long ago, and those that had the means apparently did too.
That being said and as you note, some of the bigger metropolis with more eyes, more media, more general exposure, (and of course more wealth) are less appealing places for committing acts of savagery that would have a negative repercussion against the side perpetrating it. In the Bosnian war it was generally in the country and smaller town were mass rape and genocide took place, while Sarajevo was sieged (though it did get shelled a lot to, as well as sniper fire)
At the same time, major cities are favorite targets for terrorists and may be targets of bombings and major offensive maneuvers. This has been going on in Syiria, with car bombings in Damascus claiming numerous lives.
Given the current situation in Syria I see how some parts of Damascus are still pretty safe. This is not a foreign force seeking to destroy the country entirely or level cities, rather an internal power struggle, looking to destroy the enemy within (whatever side that may be).
Thus, parts of the capital and the bigger cities, along with the wealthiest sector of society are doing ok.
This article confirms this, that at least in some parts life does go on rather well, at least for now, in spite of the circumstances.
Did you catch this part of the article?:
At a jewellery shop in the al-Hamidiyeh bazaar, Anas Hallawi, 25, sat looking bored: "People are selling their gold not buying these days," he said. "Our business thrived on foreign tourists and Syrians buying gold for their brides.
Kidnapping has also become a huge problem. Many groups are “financing” themselves through kidnap.
Take care folks,