We now follow what’s happening in Syria through TV and social media. The things we see are just extremely sad. You’ll see how different life was 50 years ago compared to now, with this content we compiled from The Atlantic.
These vintage photos of downtown Damascus were taken in 1965 by a photographer named Charles W. Cushman.
Syria has been the site of war for almost 6 years.
It’s historical cities have been marred by war.
The country experienced numerous chaoses since the war began in 2011.
American businessman and amateur photographer Charles Cushman went to Syria in 1965, a time when there were repeating coups and coup attempts.
Ba’ath party leader Amin al-Hafiz seized power two years before Cushman travelled to Syria.
A year after Cushman’s visit, Hafiz was ousted by his rivals within the regime.
Political leadership wasn’t stable until the coup of Hafez al-Assad in 1971.
The current Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is the son of Hafez al-Assad.
Photos of downtown Damascus captured by Cushman and reproduced with the permission of Indiana University Archives tell us how the life was in 1965, the year that Bashar al-Assad was born.
The images sadly prove that life in Damascus was way different in mid 1960s than it is now.
It also reminds us that Syria was not always the way we now see it on TV and social media.