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Twitter Chat With Anne Barnard

Protests against the Syrian government three years ago sparked a continuing battle for control
of the country. Here in the capital the army shells rebel-held neighborhoods from the mountain
where this photo was taken. Photograph from the March issue of National Geographic magazine © Andrea Bruce/National Geographic

New York Times Beirut bureau chief Anne Barnard covers the Middle East and has witnessed firsthand the changes that are taking place in Damascus, a city that has been affected by the chaos of war. And we’re giving you the chance to ask her questions about her experience.

In her feature “Syria: The Chaos of War” in the current issue of National Geographic magazine, Barnard reflects on the state of Damascus and says that the city’s culture could offer hope for saving Syria.

Do you have questions for Barnard about the conflict in Syria? Join a live Twitter chat with Barnard on Wednesday, March 5 at 12:30 p.m. EST to learn more about what she experienced in Damascus. Follow Anne on Twitter and @NatGeoLive and tweet your questions with #NatGeoLive.

  • sam Bassil

    The city’s culture was the cause of the destruction of Syria, all the troubles of the region were fomented in there. How is it possible that hope can come from where such culture is?

  • siccarii the source

    Nat Geo is a true winner, love it. I once had a collection of thousands of Nat Geo magazines, and my wife said they had to go. I, being a total idiot, complied, though I save two, one being ‘the Afghan Girl’, and one more. I ultimately lost those too, through divorce and storage. Guys, think very, very carefully about marriage, divorce laws are stacked against us like you can’t believe!!! I still love Nat Geo and managed to recover the article, text and pictures! Thank G-d for the internet and technology. I no longer believe in marriage at all, it’s a woman’s game. Still love women, but they’ll NEVER fool me twice! single ’til death, but meanwhile you hot chicks, I still function well and like a female around.

  • Sandra Jean Miller

    To your best knowledge, what was the population before the conflict? And now? What direction have refugees found to be safest to go that were able to leave? And how are the people that have stayed surviving? What do children tell you about their personal sense of “normalcy”? Thank you


    o controle de poder e o poder de grupos etnicos praticado naquelas regiões são eternos, são regionais , e isto vem de tempos remotos, é biblicos, e cada vez mais violentos e sangrentos devido a tecnologias avançadas , o mundo nasceu ali e ali começará seu final.

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