Aleppo, a forgotten city
Montreal/Aleppo, Monday May 13, 2015 – Following a new air strike on a school in Aleppo yesterday which killed 9 people, 5 of who were children, Sister Annie, a religious Sister on site wrote to Aid to the Church in Need calling on the world for help, describing the tragic situation which befell this second city in Syria.
I am crying out loudly: Please save Aleppo! Save our families!
ACN was following-up with Sister Annie on a project funded by ACN which was to provide Easter baskets for many families in need living in the city of Aleppo. A much anticipated joy was very short lived due to the tragic circumstances surrounding what should have been a joyful celebration. Here is Sister Annie’s letter in its entirety.
Dear friends of ACN,
I am writing to you, to share with you our great sadness about what is happening in Aleppo. It seems to me Aleppo is a forgotten city, people, and the whole world keeps silence. Massacres are occurring against humanity and no one speaks about them. How long the world will remain silent a spectator? Our Easter feast has turned to grief, people are mourning for the loss of the dear one from their family. Some people woke up to find themselves without a home and others did not see the life died which under the rubble because they were victims of violence. Until when???????
I ask you please to share this, no more silence; we need to do something to save Aleppo and the people of Aleppo. Two days ago around 165 families left the city after more than 40 shells rained over Aleppo. All kinds of shells fell as an Easter gift for a peaceful people who do not want anything except to live in peace. I am crying out loudly: Please save Aleppo! Save our families!
I am sorry I could not write to you, there has been no internet for a few weeks. Finally, it worked in the middle of the night. Yesterday, Sunday, a shell fell under our kitchen and by the providence of the Lord we were saved. Only most of our widows are broken. We lost many people we knew, most people are in great fear and they are people dear to our hearts. People in Soulemaneh and Telfon have left their houses either because buildings were destroyed or badly damaged or because they are scared.
Again my appeal today, to the whole world: Please do not remain silent, do something to save our people.
Sister Annie, from Aleppo
ACN has tried unsuccessful to reach Sister Annie many times since receiving her message, but will continue to try.