Syria and Vietnam
Pascale Harter presents dispatches from two cities at the crossroads - where war and business have intersected, while daily life had to go on. Hannah Lucinda Smith's at the only point in Aleppo where people can cross openly between regime and rebel-held areas of town. In a place which has become "a city of fiefdoms" during the fighting, it's a dangerous spot. Worried students, would-be food shoppers and fatalistic merchants must scurry or stroll through the sights of the sniper rifles - which seem to particularly target children.
Meanwhile Petroc Trelawny's in Hanoi, a city remodeled many times over by war, exploring a cherished landmark, the colonial-era Long Bien Bridge. It still throbs with commerce - and it's covered with messages from young lovers.
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