Muhammad Najem

Picking Figs in a War-Torn Land

a village where figs are more than just fruit – they are a lifeline.

The Long-Awaited Season
For an entire year, the villagers eagerly awaited the fig-picking season. This is not just a casual activity; it’s their livelihood. we explore how these individuals depend on the fig harvest to make ends meet in an increasingly dire economic situation.

Struggling Amidst Chaos
But life here is far from idyllic. The village is no stranger to war, and the economic challenges have only worsened the situation. Those who have fig trees now sleep near them, knowing that each fig plucked could mean a meal on the table or a roof over their heads.

Living on the Edge
The threat of bombings looms large, and the people are in constant danger. As they venture out to pick the figs, they risk their lives with every step. Some bombs explode, while others remain hidden, waiting to cause harm. The fear of cluster bombs, small yet devastating, adds an additional layer of trepidation.

Jabal Al-Zawiya: A Perilous Landscape
The region of Jabal Al-Zawiya bears witness to frequent bombings, leaving behind remnants of war that haunt the land. These remnants pose a grave danger to the villagers, who must navigate through a landscape scarred by war. The Syrian Civil Defense steps in to assess and eliminate risks, determined to protect the lives of civilians.

Raising Awareness and Seeking Peace
In the midst of this turmoil, the Syrian Civil Defense takes on the noble mission of raising awareness. They work tirelessly to educate the villagers about the dangers that lurk beneath the fig trees and in their surroundings. If anyone stumbles upon a foreign object, they know to immediately alert the nearest civil defense center.

A Wish for Safety and Prosperity
As the fig-picking season unfolds, our hearts go out to these brave individuals. We join them in their hope for a safe and bountiful harvest, free from the constant threat of war. May the figs they pluck symbolize not just sustenance, but also the triumph of human courage and unity.

Together, we can shine a light on the strength that emerges even in the darkest of times.

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