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"I hope this white color fills people's hearts": Damascus resident

Thursday, January 08, 2015 - 01:03

A storm over parts of the Middle East leaves the Syrian city of Damascus covered in snow, as one woman wishes that the ''white color fills people's hearts.'' Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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A snowball fight in Damascus. A welcome moment of play in a country engulfed in war (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) FADI KOUS, SYRIAN MAN, SAYING: "Our hearts are with the soldiers who are standing at checkpoints, and also with homeless people. I thank emergency workers and those who are helping people get warm." Years of war has imposed tough conditions in all types of weather. Some hope the snow will deliver a change of heart. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SAHAR AL-ASSAD, SYRIAN WOMAN, SAYING: "May God help the homeless people. We are at our houses and we are thinking of them because of the cold. We hope this crisis ends well. I hope this is the last year of war and bad things. I hope this white color fills people's hearts." The conflict has killed more than 200,000 people and displaced millions of others -- most of whom are living in tents at refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.

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"I hope this white color fills people's hearts": Damascus resident

Thursday, January 08, 2015 - 01:03