Oum Fawaz is like the grandmother we all dream of having. She greets you warmly and offers you vine leaves (refreshments) whose delicious aroma fills the whole building.
Damascus has long been spared from the conflict but lately assassination attempts, bombs and snipers make her fearful to venture outside. The windows of her small apartment have recently been shattered by exploding bombs. For several weeks she has been sheltering 18 members of her family whose homes have been bombarded or for whom it has become too dangerous to remain in their own homes.
Despite the cold, Oum Fawaz and her family do not turn on the heating, preferring to use their meager savings to buy food and essentials.