Homs was one of the centres of the Syrian revolution, now it is a devastated besieged city. In February 2014 the UN brokered a temporary truce and more than 1,000 civilians left; nevertheless but many are still trapped. The BBC has obtained a video recorded by people still living in Homs. The Syrian activist group Masarat send it to them.

You will see people trying to ‘overcome the darkness of the siege’; a brave mother, a Dutch jesuit father Francis (Frans van der Lugt) and others making the best of rather primitive circumstances. What caught me in the video is the creativity, love for life and memories, and spirit of invention in the context of war, destruction, and abandonment.