August 2016

All posts from August 2016

A CITY BESIEGED AGAIN

by Armenak Tokmajyan on August 17, 2016

“A salad in Aleppo can cost you your life,” an Aleppian author wrote at a time when rebels had imposed a siege on the western half of the city. In July 2013, rebels had cut the Khanasser supply line. Nothing could pass. The only way in was through Bustan al-Qaser – the Death Passage – where snipers lurked. There was a 10-fold difference between prices in the east and the west. People risked their lives to put bread on their tables in a country that had once exported wheat to the region. Rebels prevented anyone from taking food to the regime side. “Let Bashar feed you,” a rebel fighter jeered at those dodging sniper fire to get food.

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Armenak TokmajyanA CITY BESIEGED AGAIN
Ahmad al-Sawas, former Syrian National Gymnastics Champion. March 2016. Bustan al-Qasr, Aleppo. Photo: Reuters/ Abdalrhman Ismail.

The Aleppo Weekly – July 29-August 10

by The Aleppo Project on August 10, 2016

Aleppian Ahmad al-Sawas, Syria’s national gymnastics champion when fighting broke out, did not compete at the Rio Olympics. Read his story here.

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The Aleppo ProjectThe Aleppo Weekly – July 29-August 10