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Billboard on El-Eskaan in Damascus

There's one billboard spot on our block that seems to be reserved for public service announcements. Here's the latest one.

Believe it or not, the situation depicted above - a young child sitting on the lap of the driver, completely unrestrained - is far from uncommon here in Syria. The only difference is that usually, the driver isn't wearing a seatbelt, as he is in this picture.

I've even seen a man riding a bicycle through busy city streets, managing the handlebars with one hand and balancing a 2-year-old child in the other arm. Very cute, but very dangerous.

I wonder if they'll come up with a new series of billboards after this one...once they've taught us how to put children in the back seat, maybe they'll make a billboard teaching us how they should wear seatbelts. Eventually, maybe they'll even encourage the use of child carseats!

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