“The Palmyran pillars, as enduring as the Great Wall of China, have stood here for 2,000 years but what if they suddenly toppled down upon me? This could be the year they fall, disturbed by a distant earthquake, a shifting of the sands,” wrote Mary Russell in 2011

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Market: Souk Al-Khayyateen, in the old city of Damascus. Photograph: Tim Gerard Barker/Lonely Planet/Getty

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Edna O’Brien. Photograph: Eamonn McCabe/Getty

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