A photo of three pioneering women doctors has been circulating in social media -- but they're not wearing white lab coats. They're wearing culturally significant dress and they represent the first women doctors from their countries, back in the 1800s.
It's difficult not to be moved by some of the images coming out this week of one particular district in Damascus. In Yarmouk, a sea of grim faces stare out from two rows of bombed out buildings. This section of the Syrian capital, after being under siege for months, has become a man-made disaster zone.
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has given a rare interview to the media — to the BBC. Assad denied using barrel bombs. But British trauma surgeon David Nott was astonished to hear that, since he was nearly killed by one of the devices in Aleppo a few months ago.
After a violent crackdown against Arab Spring protesters in Syria, the government is using its hospitals to find and isolate dissidents. To get the treatment they need, they're having to go to independent, underground, make-shift hospitals.
In the midst of Syria's civil war, very little can be taken for granted. That's why more than a hundred ninth graders living in a besieged Damascus refugee camp were thrilled to get safe passage out of the camp to take final exams. Without the exams, they would have lost a year of school.
Like many homeowners, Diana Darke simply fell in love with her house and couldn't pass it up. But the British author's dream home was in Damascus, now caught in the Syrian civil war. Yet Darke refuses to give up on her house — or Syria itself.