Idlib Calling | 9 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: Hopefully we can make the deadline

Sunday, 9 September 2018

This morning at 11 o’clock I spoke with Ahmed in Saraqeb again, #idlib. Negotiations between the superpowers have failed.

“Hi Ahmed, how are you?”

“Alright. We’ve been painting the inside of the youth center. We’re on the last bit, painting the staff room.  When we complete that it will finally be finished. I told the kids that we will be closed for two days.”

“Last night I couldn’t sleep very well. The Russian Air Force Facebook page says the jihadists are storing chemical weapons here in Saraqeb. You know what that means … ”

“Anyway, we want to open the center again the day after tomorrow. There is still a lot to do so I hope we can meet the deadline.”

“I am going back to painting, say hi to everyone, and we’ll speak again soon.”

 

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