The more time that I spent in Syria, the more friendly, warmhearted, and smiling individuals I came across. Contrary to the negative, foreboding impression conveyed by the American media, there can hardly be a more welcoming place to visit in the world. It's important to distinguish between the actions of a government and the soul of a people, and I've learned that this is especially true in the Middle East. So, I was happy to have my initial impressions overturned and to acquire a fuller, more positive image of the people of Syria. I hope that these portraits I captured of Syrian children can go a little way towards eroding the unreasonable fears that many harbor towards a people that always seem to end up on the wrong side of the news. As always, comments are appreciated!