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Friday, July 22


Hidden Misery

-Behind these innocent laughs hide nothing but a miserable life, O Qassioun, what a miserable life do u hold and shade!

-I wasn’t surprised to see such houses and homes up there, I really expected to watch the worst! Poverty and poor are everywhere here…

Unknown Future

"DAMASCUS, 11 Jul 2005 (IRIN)
- Poverty at a national level is decreasing in Syria, with close to a three percent drop, according to a new report.Latest statistics show that the poverty level fell from 14.3 percent in 1996 to 11.4 percent in 2004. "


  • بس بتعرفي لازم تحكي أنو برغم الحياة السيئة يلي هنن عايشينا ، الضحكة موجودة عندون
    و كتير من الناس عندها المال و ما عندها هي الضحكة

    By Blogger Linux Juggler, at 22/7/05 3:35 PM  

  • pretty sadnenning, inshallah they keep the smile till it the situation becomes better.

    By Blogger Ammar, at 22/7/05 5:04 PM  

  • I can't beleive that poverty rate has decresead in the last years, weird!!

    By Blogger Baher, at 22/7/05 5:18 PM  

  • Ghalia, I find it very cool that you go out into the poor neighbourhoods like that. Getting their pic taken must have been a highlight of the day for them.

    As for the poverty rate, I'm happy to see it is down, although I'm skeptical

    By Blogger Omar, at 22/7/05 5:44 PM  

  • Hi Ghalia,

    I went up there a couple of times. Another thing that I noticed is that there are still a lot of descendants of "muhaajiriin". In that particular neighbouhood on the slopes of Qasioun where you took the picture of a stairway, I heard more Circassian (the right name is Adyghe, I think) than Arabic. The kids spoke both languages fluently. They were very poor indeed.

    Nice blog. Keep those messages coming.

    By Blogger GottfriedStutz, at 22/7/05 7:06 PM  

  • Oh, these governmental numbers are really stupid! They measure the poverty line as having less than 1250 Lira a month (or close not sure)! Then they claim it has decreased!

    Thanx Ghalia for the post!

    By Blogger Ihsan, at 24/7/05 1:56 PM  

  • Linux: Yeah, that's right:)

    Ammae: I don't think they'll keep it for long, especially when they grow up a little more.

    Diablo: Me neither.

    Omar: Unfortunately I can't do anything for them... I wish if I could... I don't know why these kids were very happy and asked me to take pics for them, when they wont have it later!

    gottfriedstutz: This place is called SHeikh Khaled, I think near Riken Eldeen. I didn't get the launguge u r talking about, would u plz tell me more about it?

    Ihsan:Yeah u r right. I agree.

    By Blogger Ghalia, at 25/7/05 11:17 AM  

  • Ghalia, the language is Circassian, that is "sharkasii". It doesn't sound like any other language I know.

    In "sharkasii", they call the language "Adyghe".

    By Blogger GottfriedStutz, at 31/7/05 5:47 PM  

  • Ghalia,

    I am a regular reader of ur blog. This one struck a chord. Even I grapple with this question all the time "what can i do for them"

    So much poverty that we almost get immune to it.


    By Blogger niwhsa, at 4/8/05 8:03 PM  

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