This is a guest post by the British Red Cross programme manager for the Middle East and north Africa, who recently visited the Syrian Arab Red Crescent headquarters in Syria.
We arrived in Syria from Beirut in the late afternoon and got to Damascus as dusk was falling. On the Lebanese side of the border, we could see many people leaving Syria.
Over the road, at the office processing entrances to Syria, it was another story. The waiting room in the border office was desolate, with a few – mainly male – travellers getting their documentation approved to go back.
The road from the Lebanese border had not changed much since the last time I’d been here – over four years ago now – with rolling red hills leading down to the city of Damascus. However, as we entered the capital, we passed long queues outside two bakeries. Bread is now a commodity that Syrians cannot take for granted. More