Beehive Villages of Syria

Northern Syria During my first visit to Syria in 2005 I visited the beehive villages. It was a was fully functioning village. The adobe beehives were arranged in groupings, with each wife having her own beehive. They had just gotten electricity in the village and all the wives were in the main beehive watching a version of” As the world turns”. They were very congenial and offered us a cup of tea, and showed us around the village. In 2008 I visited Syria again and went to another village. There were very few people living there. Most had moved into cinder block houses with running water and electricity, and only a few structures were left, and the remaining were returning to mud and rubble. I think about these villagers and how there life must be changing, first through technology and now through the war.