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25 photos: Aleppo before and after the Syrian uprising

In 2011, Aleppo was Syria’s largest city with a population of 2.5 million people.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has been described by Time as Syria’s commercial capital. (Turkey main goal was to take Aleppo and administer it because it was the main trade and industrial challenge to Turkey economy and its skilled artisans. Actually, Turkey dismantled most of the industrial complexes and shipped them to Turkey)

Author Diana Darke has written that “The city has long been multi-cultural, a complex mix of Kurds, Iranians, Turkmen, Armenians and Circassians overlaid on an Arab base in which multi-denominational churches and mosques still share the space.”

Since the battle for Aleppo began: at least 30,000 people have died and half its 2.5 million inhabitants have been forced to flee.

Barrel bombs, rockets and mortars along with conventional munition have destroyed 80% of the buildings, and of the old city’s 100 mosques, a quarter lie in ruins while the rest are badly damaged.

More than half of the listed buildings in the old city – including many souks, its famous citadel, the minaret of the 11th-century Omayyad mosque, along with bath houses, schools, hospitals and entire residential districts – have been reduced to rubble.

This is so sad to see a beautiful country turned to rubble. The following set of images shows exactly the real cost of war that many do not see.

Note: Turkey failed in its attempts to capture Aleppo and this city is back as Syria economic and industrial hub, and its skilled people are returning.

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Tidbits and notes posted on FB and Twitter. Part 175

Note: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. I pa attention to researched documentaries and serious links I receive. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains a month-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

The confessional and religious divisions embedded in Lebanon’s system (since its creation) along with political familism[3] contribute to restrain the effective participation and emergence of new actors, notably women, thus limiting political turnover.

Next country the US is planning to destabilize is Pakistan. A decade of troubles to China and Russia?

Classifying biological weapons according to effects on specific races is the ultimate racist mentality.

Can we stop this masquerade? All businesses dealt with Germany and the USA, without exception, before, during and after WWI and WWII

If WWI was a colonial war, WWII was for disseminating USA hegemony. Dropping 2 atomic bombs on Japan was the Message. It alienated many allies, first of all, Stalin of the Soviet Union. We are still succumbing to this strategy.

Tu dois etre une coquette madame. Ta petite fille t’ observe and fais comme toi.

After WWII, businessmen sided with USA and most scientists defected to Soviet Union.

Growth in a capitalist system is a total nonsense: transactions in paper money increase, but the productivity of the society is in a free fall.

During the Ottoman Empire, Aleppo was the second most important city after Istanbul. Erdogan plan was to take over this city. Failing this, he stole all the industrial equipment and machinery and tried to destroy the city. Aleppo is back competing with the most industrial cities in Turkey

Absolute Monarchic Jordan counting the number of bread loafs consumed by Syrian refugees. Why it does Not emulate Angelina Jolie who focused on the dignity of the Syrian people?

Iza al Souri bi Sutchi ettabak 3ala Doustour, UN wa Vienna bit sour warana

Hezbollah ghannaj Nabih Berry kteer 7atta rekeb 3ala ktafhon wa baltaj bi esmihem. Ma te dakhlo majaaless mazhabiyyat “shar3iyyat” bi moumarassat al baltajat 

Urgent: ta3yyeen mas2oul fi Hezbollah la temsse7 joukh Nabih. Khallo al Sayyed yehtam bil mashakel al kharijiyyat. Ma 7ada fi ye la7e2 3ala dala3 wa terdayyet khawater Nabih

Review: Last Men in Aleppo

Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner

Last Men in Aleppo proposes a deeply felt, poignant portrait of a paradise lost

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No poetry after Auschwitz,” the German philosopher Theodor Adorno famously declared in 1951.

The crisis of conscience that struck the Western world upon the discovery of Nazi concentration camps generated a profound crisis of representation (all the western nations knew, even ahead of the beginning of the holocaust of all minorities, and refused to negotiate anything).

Of the after the inconceivable, harrowing spectacle of extermination, the next step for art was unclear.

The ongoing Syrian Civil War—with its mass displacement, death, and evidence of war crimes—continues to have impact today, especially in the realm of documentary.

The Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Last Men in Aleppo sees World War II images of mass murder and destruction find their ghastly contemporary counterparts in the besieged Syrian city wrecked by missile attacks and destitution: dead babies, ripped-apart bodies, and decimated buildings suggest the end of the world as well as that of the medium. (Aleppo is currently flourishing and the former industrialists have returned and exporting to Iraq. Turkey is Not happy with this former prime competitor city)

What is the next step for cinema after our laying eyes on such unspeakable horrors?

(The battle for reconquering Mosul was even more harrowing: 50,000 deaths and countless injuries. And Al Raqqa is flattened and a ghost city)

The apocalyptic imagery of Syrian director Firas Fayyad’s Last Men in Aleppo is so heightened as to evoke science fiction, but it reflects his country’s quotidian reality since 2012, when governmental repression of nationwide protests against President Assad escalated into a gruesome civil war.

The film depicts Aleppo’s siege from the point of view of members of the White Helmets, the volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing civilians hit by Russian and Syrian air strikes. (Basically funded by the US to provide videos and accounts of atrocities to blame the Syrian regime)

The repetitive, mechanical rhythm of rescue operations imbues the narrative with a nightmarish quality: as deformed and colorless bodies are dragged out of the rubble one after another, the living and the dead become indistinguishable to our eye.

Fayyad employs an unobtrusive observational style that viscerally involves the audience in the frenetic rescue sequences and conveys a striking sense of intimacy during nocturnal interludes in barren interiors where the drained men exchange hopes and concerns.

Such scenes, coupled with occasional recreational moments like a football match among the ruins and a visit to the playground with the children on a sunny day, brighten the otherwise bleak and claustrophobic mood.

But paradise and hell have become interchangeable in Aleppo, and what begins as play quickly turns into terror when a new threat presents itself. (Like when Israel bombed a beach in Gaza, killing an entire family, where kids were playing soccer)

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The question of escaping the crumbled, dismal town frequently comes up among the men: their kids are growing up in confinement and lack proper food and medical care. (Kids in Yemen are Not fairing as well and dying of famine, diphtheria and cholera)

But that life will be easier elsewhere is simply an illusion. Leaving means enduring even more dreadful conditions in refugee camps at the Turkish border and perhaps being stranded there, or embarking on a perilous journey across the sea to reach Europe and possibly dying along the way.

The sensitive and spirited Khaled—a former painter who was proclaimed “the hero of Aleppo” after rescuing a baby from the rubble—offers poetic resistance as the solution, building a colorful fishpond in his backyard in an attempt to inject some beauty into the infernal landscape.

It may be tempting to draw comparisons between Last Men in Aleppo and other documentaries addressing the same subject, like The White Helmets, but against the Orientalist sensationalism of the latter, what Last Men in Aleppo proposes is a deeply felt, poignant portrait of a paradise lost.

Fayyad has devoted himself to documenting his country’s collapse since the 2011 uprisings and was even imprisoned and tortured by authorities for his work.

An inherently personal endeavor, his movie is permeated with a heartrending sense of mourning over his nation’s shattered identity as well as his own. When the filmmaker dreamily glides his camera across Aleppo’s ruins, he is not merely moving in counterpoint to the chaos but rather unnervingly revealing all that has vanished, in a simultaneous annihilation by war of his country’s past and future.

And in the terrible limbo that is the present, only Khaled’s goldfish continue to provide some warmth of emotion amid the horror.

Yonca Talu is a filmmaker living in Paris. She grew up in Istanbul and graduated from NYU Tisch.

Photo Album of Aleppo: before and after Syria upheaval


Livre de photos par Ammar Abd Rabbo et de textes d’intellectuels, édité par Noir Blanc et Caetera,
Jessie Bali. Beyrouth, Lebanon
Les éditions «Noir Blanc Et Caetera» se proposent de réunir dans un recueil hommage à Alep, ville martyre, des photographies inédites prises par Ammar Abd Rabbo. Intellectuels, journalistes, historiens, écrivains, amoureux de la Syrie – et d’Alep en particulier- ont contribué à la rédaction de ce témoignage unique en commentant chacun une photo de cet ouvrage exceptionnel

Le cadre
Ce recueil n’est pas un ouvrage nostalgique de la « belle époque » de la ville, ni un traité diplomatique sur les négociations, ni un état des lieux des forces militaires sur place.

C’est une photographie d’Alep aujourd’hui, avec les peurs des uns et les espoirs des autres…
Le coup de projecteur d’Ammar Abd Rabbo, photographe syrien à la renommée internationale, est d’autant plus précieux qu’il porte un regard à la fois personnel et tendre sur la ville phare de son pays, l’une des plus vieilles villes du monde à avoir été constamment habitée (depuis le VIe millénaire av. J.-C.) grâce à son emplacement stratégique des points de vue militaire et commercial entre la mer Méditerranée et la Mésopotamie.

D’ailleurs, le centre de la ville a été classé au patrimoine mondial de l’humanité par l’Unesco en 1986. Ce centre-ville est aujourd’hui en ruines.

Les contributeurs
Christophe Boltanski: journaliste, écrivain et chroniqueur français, lauréat du prix Femina 2015 pour son roman « La cache ». Il s’est rendu en reportage en 2012 à Alep.
Edith Bouvier: journaliste indépendante, elle a été blessée et bloquée pendant plusieurs jours à Homs en couvrant le conflit syrien. Auteur de «  Chambre avec vue sur la guerre » (Éditions Flammarion). Elle sest rendue en reportage en 2014 à Alep.
Nora Charabati Joumblatt: d’origine syrienne, elle est la présidente du Festival de Beiteddine et du « Children Cancer Center Lebanon ».  Également fondatrice de l’ONG libanaise « Kayany » (2013) qui a pour but de scolariser les enfants syriens. Sept écoles ont déjà vu le jour. Née à Damas, Nora Charabati Joumblatt est « Aleppine de cœur ».

Magyd Cherfi: chanteur, écrivain et acteur français d’origine algérienne, membre du groupe toulousain « Zebda ». Magyd Cherfi a donné des concerts dans les années 1990 à Alep.
Jean-Pierre Filiu: universitaire français, historien et arabisant, spécialiste de l’Islam contemporain et  diplomate en Syrie. Il sest rendu plusieurs fois à Alep dans les années 1990 puis plus récemment en 2013, et a effectué une visite marquante suite à laquelle il a publié « Je vous écris d’Alep » (Éditions Denoël).
Nicolas Hénin: grand reporter indépendant (Le Point, Arte) et journaliste d’investigation, auteur de « Jihad Academy » (Éditions Fayard, 2015) et de « La France russe- Enquête sur les réseaux Poutine » (Éditions Fayard, 2016). Il a été retenu en otage à Alep en 2014.
Salam Kawakibi: politologue d’origine syrienne et directeur adjoint de l’Initiative de réforme arabe. Ancien directeur de l’Institut français du Proche-Orient, à Alep.
Marie Seurat: épouse de Michel Seurat, sociologue et chercheur au CNRS, mort à 37 ans en captivité. Née à Alep où elle a passé son enfance, elle est lauteur de louvrage « Les corbeaux d’Alep », (Éditions Gallimard, 1989).
Camille de Rouvray: enseignante de Français Langue Étrangère (FLE). Lauréate du prix Panorama des idées « Grand récit » 2015 pour son livre « Quitter Alep en guerre » (Éditions Bord de L’eau, 2014). Elle a vécu et travaillé à Alep de 2009 à 2012.

Nous avons besoin de 10 000 USD afin que ce projet voie le jour. Le préfinancement paiera la production, l’impression (1 000 exemplaires) et le lancement du livre. L’argent  collecté permettra la réalisation d’un très bel ouvrage.

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Si la somme demandée est dépassée, le surplus permettra d’augmenter le tirage du livre et/ou de mettre en route la version anglaise également en gestation.
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Cette levée de fonds est une manière efficace de faire connaître cette publication  au plus grand nombre de personnes possible et de la préfinancer.

Derrière lobjectif
Qui est Ammar Abd Rabbo ?
Ammar Abd Rabbo est un journaliste et photographe français et syrien, né à Damas. Il a vécu à Tripoli (Libye) et à Beyrouth (Liban) avant de s’installer en France à l’âge de douze ans.

Ancien élève de “Sciences Po” (IEP Paris), il a travaillé depuis 1990 avec de nombreuses agences internationales comme Sygma, Sipa Press, Abaca Press, et c’est un collaborateur régulier de l’Agence France Press (AFP).

En plus de vingt-cinq ans de reportages photographiques, il a couvert aussi bien les coulisses des concerts de Michael Jackson que les inondations causées par l’ouragan « Katrina » à la Nouvelle-Orléans (2005), ou encore la guerre en Irak (2003), au Liban (2006) ou les révolutions arabes en Libye (2011) et à Alep, en Syrie, en 2013 et 2014.

Il a signé plus d’une soixantaine de couvertures de magazines très différents comme Paris Match, Der Spiegel, Le Point, L’Express…

Noir Blanc Et Caetera , qui sommes-nous ?
« Noir Blanc Et Caetera » est la dernière-née des maisons d’éditions au Liban. Elle se propose d’être innovatrice dans son domaine, à savoir proposer à l’auteur un maximum d’avantages et lui donner un droit de regard sur son ouvrage, depuis sa conception jusqu’à son impression.

C’est une maison qui fait de la résistance culturelle dans un pays où s’exprimer librement devient de plus en plus difficile.
Fondée en 2012, “Noir Blanc Et Caetera” a déjà plus de 20 publications à son actif. De nombreux projets sont en cours pour 2016 et 2017.

What do know about Aleppo?

Nabih Bulos

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson had some trouble recognizing the name of a major Syrian city on Thursday. “What is Aleppo?” he asked in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” (In his defense, he claimed that he thought it was an acronym.)

1. What is Aleppo?

It’s one of the oldest cities in the world, located in Syria’s north.

It’s situated between the Mediterranean Sea and what was once known as Mesopotamia, now known as Iraq. (Aleppo is also the name of the surrounding province.)

2. It’s got a rich history.

Aleppo has been an important trading center since the 2nd millennium B.C. and was a node on the Silk Road.

Gary Johnson may never have heard of the city, but Shakespeare did back in the early 17th century. In “Macbeth,” one of the witches torments a sailor’s wife, whose “husband’s to Aleppo gone.”

3. In modern times, Aleppo was Syria’s largest city.

More than 2 million people lived there when the 2004 census was taken.

It was also the pride of Syrian industry.

Large factories produced everything there from textiles to processed gold to laurel soap, all of which would fill markets in Turkey, Iraq, Jordan and elsewhere. (Syria was debt free for over 3 decades: colonial Europe could Not suffer this financial autonomy))

It was a tourist draw as well. Travelers meandering through the pedestrian walkways of the souk — the city’s medieval marketplace — would look up to take in the grandeur of its mighty citadel, then take a break to experience Aleppo’s food, a melange of Levantine cuisine sprinkled with Turkish, Persian and Armenian influence.

Andrew Bossone shared this link

Thank you. Because I previously only thought it would be disatrous if people took the libertarian party seriously, let alone its candidate for president.

4. It’s a major flashpoint of the Syrian war.

Although the city resisted being drawn into the Syrian uprising when it began in 2011, opposition forces advanced into the towns and villages around it and eventually breached the city itself in July 2012.

By 2013, the government and the opposition were locked in a stalemate. The opposition held the east, and the government controlled the west.

Since then, each side has repeatedly tried to oust the other from the city, with varying degrees of success.

5. It’s hard to say how many people live there now.

The U.N. says there are more than 1.5 million people in government-controlled neighborhoods. On the east side, accurate figures are harder to come by, but the area is thought to hold up to 200,000 people. Some opposition activists say the number is 300,000.

6. The city has become a symbol for Syria’s suffering.

Russian and Syrian warplanes pound the rebel side, leaving hundreds dead and wounded just in the last month. Meanwhile, the opposition hurls thousands of repurposed gas canisters and home-made mortars from “hell cannons” and other weapons. (And chemical bombs too?)

In August alone, 218 civilians were killed as a result of government airstrikes on opposition-controlled neighborhoods, according to the pro-opposition watchdog group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Rebel bombardment also killed 178 civilians in government-held areas in August, the group said.

7. No, it’s not the capital of the self-declared Islamic State.

(That would be Raqqah).

Yes, the former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Christopher Hill, did call Aleppo that.

Islamic State fighters are not in the city of Aleppo, but there is a confederation of Islamist and so-called moderate, Western-supported rebels fighting against pro-government forces there.

8. Aleppo is now in the center of a diplomatic duel between the U.S. and Russia.

Again, the fate of the city takes on an outsize importance in regional affairs.

A breakthrough there, world powers hope, will usher in a larger ceasefire and present a path toward resolving the five-year Syrian civil war, which has killed hundreds of thousands (the U.N. stopped counting a few years ago), ravaged the country and spurred a global refugee crisis.

Note 1: Turkey’s plan is to re-distribute the Syrian population. The Syrian Moslem brotherhood are shipped from the city of Edleb (on the border with Turkey) to North Syria to form a buffer zone with the kurds. There will be no end to the plight of these Syrians belonging to Al Nusra ideology

Note 2: There are a few historians who compare current Syria with Syria during the 11th century: Damascus was the center of power for the Sunnis against Aleppo that was mostly in the hands of the rebel sects (karamitah, shia, minority sects…).
If the Syrian government win this worldwide war against it, that would be proof enough that the Sunnis in Damascus are against the Syrian Moslem Brotherhood movement, attached to Turkey and following its orders.
Likewise, the Sunnis in the western part of Aleppo who want to be part of a unified Syrian nation, regardless of the current regime. Actually, the regime is different from the one before 2011.

Note 3: Over 350,000 mercenaries were dispatched into Syria since 2011. Turkey, Saudi Kingdom and Europe sent 25,000 each. The weapons came from the fallen Libyan State and Saudi Kingdom, q1atar and the Gulf Emirates bought weapons from the USA, England, France and Germany to sustain this destabilizing plan on the Syrian people.

Note 4: East Aleppo is currently totally surrounded by the Syrian troops and a political settlement is being worked out to withdraw the rebels fighters outside Aleppo.

How to be grateful for what you have?
Rida Mawla posted this link. August 16 at 11:40am ·

This is a personal experience that I would like to share with as many people as possible.

Today, as I was getting out of the US embassy, extatic for having gotten a new tourist Visa, I see a US passport on the ground, and a gentleman standing right by it.

He didn’t seem to have noticed it, as he was preocupied with a huge pile of papers in his hands, with a slight grin and signs of distress on his face.

So I rushed to pick it up and deliver it to the embassy guard, who apparently had received a report about it missing earlier in the morning.

I come back and smile at that gentleman, telling him how unjust sometimes life is…

Some of us stand in line for endless hours, with their endless piles of papers, waiting for that glimmer, that chance to leave on a vacation, for education, or for business… while some people are lucky to have that priviledge and take it for granted.

He smiles back at me, quite silent in his demeanor…

He hesitantly asks: “are you headed back to Beirut by any chance?”. I say yes; so he kindly asks me if I can give him a ride. At that point, I noticed his undistinguishable Aleppan accent.

Smooth, yet firm in his words. And so we went…

On the way back I couldn’t hold myself from asking him about his hometown, his family, his friends, the war, the rebels, the regime. I felt a bit embarassed for asking so many question, but the kindness and humbleness he displayed were out of this world.

Mahmoud had escaped Aleppo, which in and of itself is a miracle, a couple of days ago.

He is a med student who is yet to complete his residency.

The war in Syria shattered that dream for the moment. His younger borther is a pharmacist who managed to go to Germany on assylum. His youngest brother is a civil engineer. He is stuck in Aleppo with his brother and parents, and was hoping to get that chance to go to the US, all the while knowing that he will have to leave his family behind.

He got accepted into a language program in the US, but his visa was rejected. The consulate official told him that while he is qualified, there is no guarantee that he wouldn’t stay in the US.

I drove him to the bus station, where he was to catch a bus to Damascus, and wait for the right moment to sneak back into Aleppo.

The absurdity of this encounter was beyond anything I have ever experienced…

Here I was, complaining about a silly passport, while this brave man was risking his entire life and leaving his entire family in the most brutalized city on earth today with the hopes of getting an opportunity to work and give to the world.

And when he did not get that chance, he simply hitchhiked his way back to the place he escaped to be with his family.

You try to rationalize things as much as you can, but there is a point where you just can’t do it anymore.

Really, why? Honestly, why? I don’t think I will ever get an answer to this most agonizing question. And what’s worse is that there is absolutely nothing I can do to change any part of this absurd reality.

So I decided to share this experience, with the frustrating realization that this is really the only thing I can do for Mahmoud at this moment…

And I got an answer for another question: be grateful for what you have. Be grateful.


One Photo of a Syrian Child Caught the World’s Attention. These 7 Went Unnoticed.


BEIRUT, Lebanon — Omran Daqneesh, a small Syrian boy from the embattled rebel-held section of Aleppo, somehow snapped to attention millions of people around the world, who watched and shared the arresting video of him as he wiped dried blood and thick soot from his face.

The widespread interest in 5-year-old Omran surprised the doctors who treated him, the photographer who shot the video and many Syrians who wondered whether the world had only just discovered how children have suffered every day in a war that has raged for more than five years.

On Saturday, Omran’s 10-year-old brother, Ali, died of wounds he suffered during the same attack, medical workers said.

Ali’s death, which did not draw the same instant social media outpouring as Omran’s suffering, only underscored how many Syrian children are dying under the radar of the wider world.

Omran was injured on Wednesday by either a Syrian or a Russian airstrike — Russia has denied involvement — that destroyed the building where his family lived in eastern Aleppo.

On Thursday, a pro-government website published a photograph of a young girl that it said was hurt — around the same time as Omran — by rebel mortar attacks on the government-held western side of the city.

The rebels have no air power, (but chemical weapons and missiles and tanks and canons?) and the devastation in Aleppo has been greater on the rebel-held side

Adding to the many photos “unnoticed”|By Anne Barnard and Hwaida Saad
Syria’s Cinderella?

One monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that 100 children had died on the city’s eastern side this month alone, and 49 on the western side. (And the US was angry when safe passages were opened to fleeing Syrians)

For each family, the loss is immeasurable. And there are children constantly caught up in battles in other places, on all sides, across war-torn Syria.

Omran’s picture has resonated for reasons obvious and unknowable. Here are images of seven of the many other children treated in the past week at hospitals in the same region (and in other regions? Selective propaganda images?).

They are taken from among several that were posted by doctors and other residents of Aleppo on a WhatsApp group for journalists.

Ahmad Tadifi, 2

Doctors did not know who this child was when he arrived at the same hospital that treated Omran. On Wednesday, Ahmad had been separated from his family — as happens to many children in the chaotic aftermath of an attack — in the Mashhad neighborhood of Aleppo.

He underwent surgery for serious injuries to his head, groin and right arm and leg. Later identified, Ahmad was kept in the intensive care unit of the hospital along with his father.

Late on Friday, he died from his injuries.

Rouwaida, 5, and Rana Hanoun, 7 months

The Hanoun sisters were wounded on Wednesday in the same airstrike that injured Omran.

They were among 12 children under 15 who were treated at the same hospital in Aleppo. Both of the girls had suffered shrapnel wounds, but were treated and then released on Thursday morning.

Doctors shared their picture with the WhatsApp group around the same time they shared the photograph of Omran.

Aisel Hajar, 2

Aisel suffered wounds to her head and to one of her legs on Tuesday, and was treated at Al Quds hospital.

The severity of her injuries could not be confirmed because doctors were busy treating new cases. But activists have nicknamed her “Syria’s Cinderella” because of a picture that one took of her shoes — Mary Janes, worn with white socks.

Amal, 4, and Hikmat Hayouk, 6

The Hayouk siblings suffered cuts and bruises when an aircraft opened fire on Wednesday over the Sakhour neighborhood, and they were treated around the same time and at the same hospital as Omran.

The children’s wounds were relatively minor, but an adult relative suffered a critical neck wound.

An unidentified boy

Efforts to identify this boy, below, were unsuccessful. He was treated on Tuesday night at the Omar Hospital and released, said Baraa al-Halabi, a citizen journalist who photographed him.

None of the medical workers who could be reached remembered the boy, which is not unusual in the overwhelmed hospitals.

Four children, no picture

At 3 a.m. Saturday, a barrel bomb landed on a house in the Jalloum quarter of Aleppo’s old city, destroying the house and killing seven members of one family — including all four children — said Abdelkafi al-Hamdo, a friend of the father’s.

The children were Aisha, 12; Mohammad, 11; Obaida, 7; and Afraa, 6. There is no picture of their injuries to show because they were pulled dead from the rubble.

Their father, Ali Abu Joud, recorded this video of three of his children’s bodies wrapped in shrouds. His voice can be heard breaking as he tells them goodbye, calling them “habibati” — my darlings — “birds of heaven, gone to the one who is better, gone to God.”


Pictures and videos can make a slight difference. If the world media conglomerates were Not owned by US and Saudi Kingdom, this ugly and savage civil war in Syria would have ended long time ago. So many brutal casualties were committed throughout Syria but the media turned a blind eye.

The same case for the Yemeni children dying from malnutrition and lack of basic medicines.

Same case for South Sudan

And Ethiopia where the government has been killing demonstrators

And No coverage of the suffering in Eritrea (controlled by the US and Israel)




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