Viewpoint: Syrian writer Samar Yazbek reflects on bloodshed
30 August 2013 Last updated at 18:18 BST
Syria is dominating the headlines at the moment - with people there preparing for the possibility of military strikes by the US.
Samar Yazbek is a Syrian novelist and journalist. She is author of A Woman in the Crossfire, which is about the first months of the Syrian uprising.
She wrote this audio essay for the BBC World Service.
Samar Yazbek was one of five writers who featured this week on the BBC World Service programme Newsday. Newsday airs Mon-Fri on BBC World Service from 02:00 GMT to 07:30 GMT.