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Syrian Conflict Strains Bonds Of Families and Lovers

One deeply distressing consequence of the Syrian crisis is the increasing number of families breaking up over support for either the FSA or the regime. Divisions emerge in the city and country, among the rich and poor, and few are even aware of the extent to which their lives are affected by national and international geo-politics.
A Syrian woman carries her daughter as their family are about to cross back into Syria at the Turkish Cilvegozu border, opposite the Syrian commercial crossing point Bab al-Hawa, in Reyhanli, Hatay province, July 25, 2012. The Syrian family of five travelling back to Syria said they prefer risking death in their home country rather than stay in Turkey. Turkey has closed its border gates with Syria to commercial traffic due to worsening security conditions but will keep them open for refugees fleeing the Syr

DAMASCUS — How many sides to side with in Syria's crisis?

I used to grimace and roll my eyes at talk of sectarianism in Syria. "Everyone lives happily side by side in Syria," I would boast. "All religions, sects and nationalities are welcome — everyone is a Syrian here."

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