A pianist amidst Palestinian ruins

A pianist amidst Palestinian ruins


norman lebrecht

August 12, 2014

This is the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmuk in the south of Damascus, which has been pounded to rubble by President Assad’s army for the start of the Syrian insurrection. There have been innumerable child deaths (no support rallies abroad), yet no shortage of hope.

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Ayham al-Ahmed, 26, a resident of Damascus’ Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, plays the piano in the middle of the street  on June 26, 2014 (c) AFP Photo/Rami Al-Sayed). ‘I weighed 70 kilos between the siege, today I weigh 45,’ Ahmed told AFP. His favourite music is by Haydn.

UPDATE: What happened next.


  • Dave T says:

    Oh, come on Mr. Lebrecht, you should know by now that nobody gives a damn Palestinian deaths, or for that matter Arab or Muslim deaths, unless somehow Israel can be connected with them, in which case it’s “genocide”.