Jason O’Brien: So life's hard in recession hit Ireland? Here's the story of a man who's just thankful to still be alive
Reporting from Syria
IN Ireland we are, of course, familiar with a boom-to-bust scenario, with many wallowing in it for the past five years. Muhamed Ali Shaeheen (30) has his own boom-to-bust story.
"The aerial bombardment had been pretty regular for two nights so we were afraid what we might find when we went back to our home," the father of three young boys recalls.
"It was destroyed by a bomb, and there had been a fire. We lost everything, but thankfully my family was safe."