Video Tour Through Homs

Hell by Scooter: A Video Tour of Homs, Syria’s Most Devastated City
http://www.theatlant…ed-city/258699/

Somehow, no matter how many articles you’ve read or photos you’ve seen of the carnage in Homs, there is something uniquely chilling about watching this point-of-view video of one man’s journey into its war-torn neighborhood of Jouret Shiah.

Taken partly on foot and partly from the driver’s seat of a small red scooter, it portrays Homs as an apocalyptic wasteland. The streets are mostly empty and totally silent, save for a distant but steady stream of gunshots. At one point, the videographer finds a group of young men — the only people we see are young men, everyone else appears to have fled or hidden in the few still-habitable homes — evacuating, from the back of a sedan to the bed of a pick-up truck, a wounded and obviously terrified rebel fighter.

Somehow, it’s the scenes with no action at all that are the most unnerving: a long row of burned-out cars, streets blanketed with cinderblocks blown out of neighboring buildings, a complete dining room set perched in what remains of a third-floor apartment and totally exposed after the ceiling and wall have been destroyed, presumably by the Syrian government’s near-constant shelling of this city of 750,000 people.

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