Warning: GRAPHIC VIDEOS. I highly recommend not watching the second video.
I was on a camping trip. Offline for 3 days. When I came, one of the first things I saw was a video from a procession-cum-protest–as is now norm in Syria. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be inside an explosion? Ever wonder if those hollywood explosion bear any resemblance to a real explosion? Well here it is:
Before, chants. hands clapping. Then in one swift second a loud noise. A shockwave. Fire. Ashes. Sparks. Sound of an accelerated burning, like the one you hear when you light a whole matchstick box on fire. Video ends.
The crowd is mute for a couple of seconds as their bodies absorb and process the shock. Smoke. Dust. Screams, and running. Bodies everywhere. I couldn’t bear finish the second video. Too painful. I chose to severely limit my graphic video viewing to maintain my sanity. 11 seconds; the length of the first video were all it took to shatter it for a day. I know not what tomorrow brings.
These daily tragedies make you, the expat, feel guilty about the very air you breathe. Another story for another day.
I need time to process this. يلعن روحك يا حافظ.