|One of the pieces of art at the Syria Relief art exhibition, 'Shattered Beauty' in aid of the humanitarian crisis in Syria|
I visited Syria as late as February 2011, just before the uprising happened, and I don't think I've so appreciated getting back to the UK, and what freedom and democracy actually means. We were of course constantly closely watched and monitored and for some of the time driven about by the Syrian regime, who were anxious we should see all the 'right' things.
|Depiction of the regime, coming like inhuman shadows, bats in the night, anonymously to take people away.|
Events of the last year have been all the more poignant because the Syrian people are so vibrant, cultured and full of life, and Damascus and the rest of Syria so beautiful.
One effort to raise money for those in distress is the 'Shattered Beauty' exhibition of Syrian art in London, organised by SYRIA RELIEF, which also helps Syrian artists, and their families and helps save the art from destruction, which depicts the realities of the regime and the struggle.
If you want a good blog on which to follow events, try Robin Yassin-Kassab's excellent Qunfuz blog (Qunfuz is Arabic for 'hedgehog, by the way.)
The West cannot turn its back as this country is torn apart in the most brutal way. The humanitarian crisis is diabolical, and hitting the most vulnerable and innocent - and with winter approaching, things will only get harder.
If you can, please donate.