No prospects: Ghoufran, 35, says even the young men who are still around aren't much of a prospect.
Many are only teenagers, and much too young to be serious romantic prospects.
'They are schoolchildren,' she says.'It is difficult to find a how do you say, a Mr Right? As if finding a boyfriend wasn't hard enough, a festering sectarianism has made Syria's different religions and ethnicities more loathe to marry outside their own kind.
Left behind: Children hold up letters spelling the word 'Peace' during a day of activities and prayers at the Zaitoune historic church in old Damascus.
Now his chief concern was the military service he'd have to do on the completion of his studies; like many he was studying, at least in part, to postpone the call up. 'One young man I know from Homs, who's also studying hard, was talking to a lovely woman on the Syrian coast on Facebook and Viber for many months with a view to marriage, but her father refused even to entertain the idea because he had no job.
A dowry is to be given directly to the family and at it's very lowest it now amounts to between four and six months of a young man's annual salary'There are no men anymore.It's really difficult for a woman to find a husband, a good husband.