In more than a year of fighting, there have been so many conflicting things written about the Free Syrian Army. What started as a peaceful protest has become an armed struggle against the military might of the Bashar al-Assad regime.
Violence in Syria, which is now in its fourteenth month, has forced tens of thousands of people out of their homes.
But many people have chosen to stay put in their hometowns, now ravaged by the fighting.
Al Jazeera’s James Bays has this exclusive report from al-Qusayr, along the border between Lebanon and Syria, where women and children are most acutely affected by the serious shortages of food, water and electricity.