Syrian spirit!

While walking in old Damascus yesterday, a boy wanted to practise his English with me. He was so charming I asked if I could film he and his friends.

His words, and his friend’s song burst, were spontaneous.

Something for viewers to keep in mind: these kids, age 12, lived under terrorist mortars for years. Precisely this area of Damascus, where we met, was heavily targeted over the years. Yet, look at the love and hope they retain!


Some of my articles on the mortar terrorism they lived through:


The Terrorism We Support in Syria: A First-hand Account of the Use of Mortars against Civilians [ 2014]

mortars and nostalgia for the past [2014]

not only mortars, but gunfire, too, on Damascus [2014]

children injured by “rebel” shelling of Manar school, Damascus [2014]

University Hospital, Damascus: Meeting Victims of Western-backed Mortar and Rocket Terrorism [2015]

On the terrorist mortar attack on Qamar al-Sham restaurant which killed at least 10, including an infant [2016]

UN Feigns Outrage Over Ghouta While Terrorist Rockets Rain Down on Damascus [2018]



By Eva K Bartlett

Eva Bartlett is a Canadian independent journalist and activist. She has spent years on the ground covering conflict zones in the Middle East, especially in Syria and occupied Palestine, where she lived for nearly four years. She is a recipient of the 2017 International Journalism Award for International Reporting, granted by the Mexican Journalists’ Press Club (founded in 1951), was the first recipient of the Serena Shim Award for Uncompromised Integrity in Journalism, and was short-listed in 2017 for the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism. See her extended bio on her blog In Gaza

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