Syrian life amid violent conflict
20 September 2012 Last updated at 02:46 BST
Amnesty International has warned that the civilian population in many parts of Syria is in a desperate state, with the conflict in the country in its 18th month.
Heavy fighting has continued in the capital Damascus and the northern city of Aleppo, as many families try to maintain a semblance of normal life.
Lyse Doucet reports from Damascus.