Idlib Calling | 4 september 2018 | by Evert-Jan Grit

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Meet Ahmed, theater producer from Saraqeb, and friend and partner of PAX. His life is no bed of roses. Saraqeb is in the Syrian province of Idlib, in the northwest of the country. Idlib's future is, to say the least, uncertain.
Every day, people get killed in air strikes and shelling by the Syrian and Russian armies. Children die covered in dust and debris. The war in Idlib is primarily a war against civilians.
A couple of times a month we speak with Ahmed to hear how he and his family are getting on. He says its important for people in Idlib that we here in the Netherlands hear about what's happening. It makes them feel like they haven't been forgotten.

Idlib calling: The show must go on

4 September 2018, Tuesday

“Hi Ahmed: how are you?”

“Hello my friend, it’s going well, but we know that something terrible is going to happen. We are worried because we cannot go anywhere. We feel that we have no control whatsoever. We hear that the Russians, the Turks, the Americans and the Iranians are now deliberating on what is going to happen to us. We have no other option than to continue. Yesterday we did a theater performance in Quraiteen, a village nearby. The shows are very successful, but still, it’s a strange feeling to ‘just’ go on. We’re even working on a new play. I hope we will be able to perform it. The show must go on.”

“It seems nobody knows what’s going on here — we don’t even know it ourselves. The soldiers at the Turkish army posts tell us that we shouldn’t worry. But we don’t know if we can trust them on this, because this morning there have been bombings again at Jisr al-Shugur. Do you know what the Turks are going to do?”

“Will you call me again this week?”

 

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