Idlib Calling | 11 september 2018 | by Evert-Jan Grit


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: Sleeping normally for a change

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

In the Netherlands, Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok suspends support for Syrian projects because of controversy surrounding the possible support for extremist groups.In Saraqeb, Ahmed is painting the youth center.

“Hi Ahmed, how’s life?”

“Good. Thank you. When people ask how we are then we say “Good, Ilhamdu l-llah (thank goodness)”. But … I am still working on the paint job. It was a little more work than we thought. We had to re-plaster the kitchen. That is ready now, so we can start painting. You know how that goes. So we will open a little later – Monday, I hope. ”

“It was a nice day yesterday. My mother came to visit and we played with my daughters Lara and Layan the whole day. We had not done that for a long time. ”

“I also slept normally again, for a change. On Saturday, when we heard the reports about chemical weapons, I could only think about how the whole family would have to flee on the motorbike. We all fit…I’ll send you a picture of my motorcycle. ”

“I need to go… I’ll speak to you soon.”


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