Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

When ‘Ali was a little boy, he spent his summers swimming in the Barada River and playing in the orchards rustling in the breeze along the banks. “Summers in Wadi Barada were amazing,” says the 28-year old from the village of Kufayr al-Zayt to the west of the Syrian capital of Damascus. “I can still hear the water rushing down the valley, and the screams and laughter of children playing in the river. We would spend all day on the banks of the Barada playing in the water, picking blackberries and building campfires in the evenings.”

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How to cite this article:

Mohammad Raba'a, Francesca de Châtel "Waterless Wadi Barada," Middle East Report 271 (Summer 2014).