Stephanie Daly’s Blog

A picture is worth a thousand words

Posted in Uncategorized by ssdaly on May 28, 2009

Yesterday we visited the Golan Heights.  This area was Syrian territory until Israel captured the region in the 1967 war.  During the 1973 war, Syria gained part of this territory back.  It is now divided – part belongs to Syria and part is occupied by Israel.  Before Israel left the land that now belongs to Syria, the soldiers destroyed many of the buildings there, including hospitals, churches and mosques – this was during the disengagement of the troops after the peace agreement had been made.

Witnessing the destruction in the Golan Heights was an extremely moving and emotional experience.  More than anything, just to see evidence of the Arab-Israli conflict made this monstrosity of an issue a reality.  It is mind boggling and devastating.

Hopefully these images can give a glimpse of the experience.

What used to be a hospital.

What used to be a hospital.

hospital 4

hospital 1

hospital 3

rubble light

hospital 2

Stairs and arabic

hospital 5

This flag is on top of the hospital, the mountain in the background is Israel.

This flag is on top of the hospital, the mountain in the background is Israel.

A former church.

A former church.

church 2

Church 3

New Image

rubble

line of occupation

This is the border that splits the Golan Heights into Syrian territory and Israeli occupied territory.

israel

Across the line is about 100 yards of a buffer zone, an area full of land mines, the Israeli occupied territory and then Israel. The mountain is part of Israel.

entrance

Behind this gate is the occupied territory. This is the only entrance.

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  1. Ellen Campbell said, on June 1, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Dear Stephanie, Hi! I am Andrea’s mom and I just want to say how much I have been enjoying all the wonderful writing-I can’t express how impressed I am with the great writing! But I really want to tell YOU that these photographs are absolutely gorgeous, amazing photographs. Hope you all had a good trip today, leaving Syria, on to a new country! All the best, Ellen CAmpbell


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