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Conversations: An Aid Worker in Aleppo

As part of our effort to highlight civilian stories, below is a conversation between News Deeply and a Christian aid and relief volunteer from Aleppo. He shared with us some of his and his friends’ latest observations on the situation in Aleppo and the northern part of the country. .

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My friends and have been working in aiding refugees who arrived in Aleppo after the attack on Homs and other cities. The people we are in touch with them everyday have never felt abandoned by everyone as much as we feel it now. Even the government doesn’t seem interested to gain back its control over Aleppo.

We only have two hours of electricity daily. Hospitals are seized by government forces and turned into military clinics to take care of wounded soldiers, not civilians. Even maternity hospitals are either turned into military hospitals or closed.

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One maternity hospital near my home, in the government held area, allows only two hours for giving birth and then the mother and the child must get out of the hospital immediately, because all the rooms are reserved for the soldiers. Staff at another hospital, also in the government-held area, had to dig a well to get water for their patients.

There were some talks among opposition activists that they might ask to connect Aleppo’s electric grid to that of neighboring Turkey, to be able to get regular electricity. But as it turns out, no one can give a clear answer on who’s actually now in charge of manning Aleppo’s electric centers.

Nevertheless, as this conflict takes longer, the tendency among some opposition circles towards a “Turkish solution” grows bigger. Sometimes I have the fear that Turkey has its eye on Aleppo. Two major events make me worried about this.

One of them is the robbery of the Aleppo industrial zone by groups who claimed to be FSA, collaborating with experts from Turkey. More than one thousand products were packed and sent to Turkey. Our neighbor was one of those who lost all his heavy machinery and stock. It was all taken to Turkey. The whole industry of Aleppo is paralyzed and the market is filled with Turkish goods instead of our local proud products.

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