Problems that have occurred:
I can't fly directly from Damascus to Jeddah but I have to come in from either the US, UK, and Canada. The solution is to fly to London then to Jeddah.
I can't walk in Damascus otherwise I might be drafted. The solution is to walk in anyway with my draft deferment papers and pray.
I need to get my visa by sending my passport to the Saudi Embassy in D.C. The problem is it has to be done at a certain time which means I will have to send it from Damascus. It might take too long to get back. Solution pending.
I owe the coordinators much for working with me thus far.