Homs lies destroyed

Beyond Compromise - الثَّوابِت

(This piece is part of a series running all week on Beyond Compromise about Homs. In memory of the city, its brave people and its countless dead.)

2014-painting-خلدون-عزام

I remember thinking, as many Syrians did, that Bashar 
Al-Assad would not dare to do anything comparable to his 
father’s ravaging of the city of Hama in 1982. With 
smartphones, social media and the eyes of the world 
watching, how could he? We were wrong.

Homs, a city of 1 million, is now devastated, with most of 
its residents long having fled the violence, eking out a 
miserable existence at the mercy of hostile governments in 
neighbouring countries. You only have to type the city’s 
name in Google for a litany of images of a ghost town, 
with not a single building intact or undamaged.

We thought Assad would not dare because we were under the 
erroneous impression that the outside world, however you 

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