· · · Dalal, 63, compares Ramadan today in Egypt with the celebration during more peaceful times in Syria: “In Syria we had long tables and many different kinds of food.” Living in exile she only makes the necessary dishes. She goes on,”During the last Ramadan I spent in Syria as soon as we started eating Iftar we would have missiles and shootings. It was dreadful. We would have a bite or two and we would have to find a place to hide.” This Ramadan Dalal is worried about her grandson, Basil, who the family believes was imprisoned. They haven’t heard from him in over a year. “I feel like my heart is going out of my chest and I cry my eyes out all the time,” she says as she starts to weep.
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