Christy Lefteri: ‘What stops people from talking about their traumas?’

In the summer of 2016, writer Christy Lefteri travelled to Athens where she spent two months volunteering at a centre for women and children displaced(...)

Syrian antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim  at his office in  Damascus. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty

Syria’s director of antiquities is a worried man. On December 13th, a mortar struck the garden of the national museum and a second shell hit the adjac(...)

A man walks near a building  in  Eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of  Damascus.  Human Rights Watch said some of the deaths have unambiguously been traced to five detention centres and two state hospitals around Damascus. Photograph: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images

Up to 7,000 Syrians who died in state detention centres were tortured, mistreated or executed, according to a leading human rights group, which has sa(...)

Crac des Chevaliers, an 11th century crusader castle in Syria which has been reclaimed by the country’s department of antiquities, having been seized by insurgents in 2012. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Syria’s department of antiquities has reclaimed the vast 11th- century crusader castle Crac des Chevaliers from the army and taken charge of the si(...)

A Syrian military soldier holds his Ak-47 with a sticker of president Bashar Assad and Arabic that reads, “Syria is fine,” as he stands guard at a checkpoint on Baghdad Street in Damascus yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

“I’m so sorry I cannot invite you to my home to eat and drink,” says Sameer Qardan (66) with an apologetic smile. “I would love to host you properly. (...)