Khero Dawood, a local civil society activist who decided to stay in Aleppo when the siege was being completed, told an incident he witnessed that describes a lot of what those staying in eastern Aleppo are going through now. Translated below is a social media post by Khero that tells a story of depopulation, destruction, collapse of the health system, and a bitter sense of abandonment.
‘Yesterday at around 1.30 am, I was walking with two people in the streets of the Tareeq al-Bab district which have become empty of everything except destruction.We heard moaning, talking, and then screaming. When we got closer to the source of the sound, we found a man in his 60s lying on the sidewalk, with an injury and crying.
We asked him, “What is it, uncle? What happened to you?” He said, “My sons, I’ve been here for four hours. A missile fell and I got injured and there’s no one to hear me. No one has passed through here.”
He was very cold and had bled a lot.
There was a problem here — to find a car to take him to hospital in the middle of the night, and the bigger problem was to find a hospital that can take him in because everything has been destroyed in Aleppo.
This is just one of the stories that happen daily in Aleppo and nobody is feeling the people living here.
Today there are many corpses on the ground. We have started to pass by them and pretend we didn’t see them.
Today when someone dies, they don’t find anyone to bury them.
Today the person who is hit by ten barrel bombs is the happiest of all in Aleppo.
And there is more and more and more that letters and words can’t describe.