“Before ‘Freedom’ we had peace”
27th February 2016
Rev. Andrew Ashdown
21st Century News
” ‘Freedom?’ I hate the word ‘Freedom’. ‘Freedom’ to me means guns and bullets, suicide bombings and killings. I have deleted the word from my vocabulary. Don’t talk to me about ‘freedom’. We had peace before they brought us ‘freedom’.”
I was sitting in an old Damascene house – the home of a Syrian Christian woman, situated within the walls of the Old City of Damascus. A teacher, who has for years taught in a Muslim school, with Sunni, Shia, Christian, Druze children all learning together, talks passionately and emotionally, as she laments the situation in Syria.
The room in which I am sitting, her living room, has twice received a direct hit from ‘moderate rebel’ positions in the city. She shows me the heavy, jagged metal shards of the shell that scattered across her courtyard. Fortunately, she and her young…
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