<P>CULTURES Vol 1, Issue 3 » Page 13 Assad regime. Furthermore, the Jewish community in Syria was exiled by Assads father, Hafez, many years ago. When I used to go to Syria before the con?ict began, I used to walk in the Jewish quarter in Old Damascus; it is a quarter in which all the homes are locked and still owned by the Jews who used to live there, but who are no longer able to enter the country as a result of their exile. The Jewish quarter is one of the most beautiful areas in Old Damascus. Before the revolution in Syria, no one ever considered the di?erences between people. Religion was never an issue, and Christians and Muslims lived side- by-side. When I used to live in Syria, I could not tell the di?erence between a Christian and a Muslim. Syria, in general, is composed of many people who simply desire to work hard and to have a great life and build an even better life for their children. The major di?erence between Syrian citizens and American citizens would be that, while American citizens aspire to live the American dream, Syrian citizens can only dream of living the Syrian dream because the opportunity for living the Syrian dream does not exist. Q: Over the past four years, public infrastructure, notably education and health care, has decayed. What are the implications of this for civilians today and for new generations tomorrow? A: With the collapse of the education system in Syria, it is very likely that a lost generation will result. Students have been out of school for over three years as a result of the con?ict. Adding to this issue is that many individuals have become refugees or have been internally displaced. Losing a steady source of income has left them unable to a?ord education even if it were available. I remember that once I went to Syria, after the con?ict, to deliver humanitarian aid and help open a school; we had asked students in the refugee camp if they would go to the school once the school had opened. They informed us that they would not go, because they could not pay for the school supplies. We told them that we were going to pay for their school supplies, and all they had to do was go. They went. It was one of the largest schools for internally displaced people in northern Syria until it was bombed recently by the Assad regime –two young students were killed in the bombing. The health care system in Syria has completely collapsed in areas that have been liberated from the Assad regime and in the areas that are under constant bombardment. There is an incredible lack of medical supplies, and, even worse, physicians and health care providers are being targeted. For their own safety, many physicians and health care providers have left Syria, thus leaving civilians with no access to any type of health care. The lack of consistent health care has allowed for many diseases, previously thought to be eradicated such as Polio as well as the emergence of unidenti?able illnesses and rare diseases such as </p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/707/arcswnjom/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/707/arcswnjom/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/707/arcswnjom/3/3/">Page-1</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/707/arcswnjom/4/4/">Page-2</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/707/arcswnjom/5/5/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/707/arcswnjom/6/6/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/707/arcswnjom/7/7/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/707/arcswnjom/8/8/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/707/arcswnjom/9/9/">Page-7</a></LI> <LI><a 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