Hope returns to Damascus
2017-12-18, CHINA DAILY

After years of fierce clashes, aircraft bombings and missile attacks, smiling faces of the old and young have returned to Damascus, the capital of Syria, as seen by our photographer Wang Jing during his visit in late October.

Bullet holes in vehicles and walls are evident across the old section of Damascus, and wreckages of burned-out houses and gardens have yet to be cleared. But bazaars like the Hamidiyeh are back open day and night, the voices of imams echo from mosques, while youths pray instead of shooting at one another, children return to schools, and elderly scholars are telling legendary stories in time-tested cafes.

People are again picking up the saying that “if heaven exists in the human world, Damascus must be there to be found.” Hopefully, the peace today will last forever.

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