Saturday 20 January 2018

My friend's parents are in their 80s and stuck in Damascus next to a rebel area

Smoke rises from heavy shelling in west Damascus (AP)
Smoke rises from heavy shelling in west Damascus (AP)
Billy Keane

Billy Keane

She looked very nervous. Her baby clutched to her breast. Behind her was a tall black man. Neither wore a ring but he must have been either a partner or a husband.

From somewhere out of the corner of my eye I saw a young and athletic African run and scale a high wall. I don't know what became of him. Did he escape? Make his way further into Spain to a new life.

We were coming back from a day-trip to Tangier. Our family. We weren't nervous in the least. Looking forward to dinner in a nice restaurant.

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