Despite the fact that death is always so close to us, it sometimes just takes a guitar for us to feel alive
Under Siege: A Syrian Diary
Rafeeq (not his real name) is a resident of Homs, a city in central Syria caught in the middle of vicious fighting between pro- and anti-government forces.
He has agreed to share his diary, giving us rare insights into life under siege and daily shelling. His real identity has been concealed for reasons of his saftey. Al Jazeera cannot independently verify the accounts given by him.
To film footage or snap photos in the streets, me and my flatmates try to go out separately and at different times.
Tensions are high in besieged Homs, and relations sometimes fray among the rebels.
Defection of the Republican Guard commander is important for bringing the regime down but not in the fight for freedom.
I am a video journalist by default.
The picture above is of Bluestone restaurant, once considered one of the trendiest eateries in Homs.
My flatmates and I have been waiting for the morning light so that we can go up to the roof and begin installing the Satellite Internet
As usual, the sounds of shelling woke me up this morning.