"And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness, the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief. "

Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)

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Friday, August 05, 2016

Penned in on All Sides, Syria Kurds in Economic Dire Straits- Naharnet

Syria's Kurds dreamt of an economic success story when they declared an autonomous region in the country's north, an area rich in oil resources and known as a breadbasket.
But instead their proto-state has become an island, squeezed economically on all sides and dependent on aid to make up for shortfalls in basic goods including food and medicine.
In his pharmacy in Qamishli, Mustafa Ebdi examined his dwindling stock.
"Most medication is missing," he told Agence France Presse, as a crowd of customers picked desperately through his sparse shelves.
"Our pharmacies are empty. We cannot find general anaesthetics or other medication used in surgery, as well as medication for diabetes," he added.
Location is largely to blame.