Still, amid the uncertainty the residents of bab al-Salameh do their best to carve a semblance of order into their lives.
"It coincides with Obama," said Abir Kopty, a veteran activist and one of the organizers at bab al-Shams.
This was the second incarnation of bab al-Shams, Arabic for Gate of the Sun, what one activist described as an "anti-settlement."
He and other activists predicted that the forces the government used to crush bab Amro would reach Quseir by the end of the week.
He started off doing small, controlled attacks on security checkpoints at the edges of bab Amro.
bab noticed that the countess was trembling when she took her hand.
Charles often wished his dear sister bab might closely resemble her.
"We will explore for the treasure if we have to stay in the house all the time," said bab.
bab, the "youngest girl," was only eleven and the pet of five brothers.
Ruth is our chauffeur, explained bab, who was looking closely at the beautiful face of her hostess.