Nawara Mahfoud, a Homs native, writes about life amid the fighting in Syria: http://nyr.kr/19nbfd8
"The main roads in the neighborhood are desolate, she said, but children play in the alleyways and eat ice cream. In the background they hear the intermittent sound of battles. “Our children became very good at guessing which weapon was just used—was it a mortar or a Shilka?” A hundred and fifty children live in Nuha’s compound; she and her colleagues helped organize a soccer team, using donations to buy jerseys with a Barcelona logo."
Photograph by Stanley Greene/NOOR/Redux.