Idlib Calling | 14 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: Mustafa is dead

Thursday, 13 September 2018

The people in Idlib are not only suffering from the Russian and Syrian bombing, but also from lawlessness. Ahmad describes what happened.

“Sorry that I couldn’t talk yesterday. Mustafa was murdered. We heard shots in the street. That happens  often enough, but this time it was really close. When we went to look, we saw him lying there. The shooter fled. If they catch him, they’ll kill him.”

“I’ve known Mustafa for years, but he’s not a close friend or anything.”

“We’ve got a big problem in our society. It’s not just the misery from Bashar al-Assad, we’re also suffering from the violence of the militias and thugs. I told you about my nephew, didn’t I? A month ago they kidnapped him and a friend of his. The thugs demanded a lot of money: 50,000 dollars. To make their point, they shot my nephew’s friend and dumped his body in the street. That convinced my uncle and he came up with the money. It worked – they released my nephew.”

“This might sound a bit odd, but I still have faith that it will get better. Don’t ask me where it comes from, but I’m sure that someday it will be better.”

 

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