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As a short break in my Parisian series, a Gert-esque picture. I mean: 1. This is an old photo, maybe not 40 years old, it was made seven years ago, but it seems like ages ago. 2. The place where short time after my visit the war began and now it is impossible to visit. 3. Although there are rich important monuments in this UNESCO Heritage Site, we see just the street scene of nothing special kind.

Bosra is a major archaeological site, containing ruins from Roman, Byzantine, and Muslim times, its main feature being the well preserved Roman theatre.
On October 14, 2012, there were intense gunfire from regime forces stationed at checkpoints on the main road running through the town. By January 2013, after 22 months of conflict amid the ongoing Syrian civil war, some refugees fleeing Bosra spoke of ever-escalating violence with many bodies being left in the streets during the violence. Since the beginning of February 2014 the city was under the control of the Syrian army. However, on 31 January 2015, the army's 5th Division confronted a contingent from the rebels near the famous Roman Amphitheater – fierce firefights broke out between the groups. On 1 February 2015, the regime forces shelled areas in the eastern neighborhood of the town. On 25 March 2015, Syrian rebels seized the town, ousting Syrian soldiers and allied militiamen after four days of intense battle.

I have so sweet memories from Syria. I found the people very nice and friendly. How is the life of the people I saw in Bosra or Palmyra? are they still living?
Government of my country is proud that there are no refugees from Syria in Poland. The mayor of Sopot wanted to help some ten orphans from Aleppo - to give them home and medical treatment. But it is impossible. The kids would be "the danger for the society".
I feel ashamed.


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