Idlib Calling | 30 oktober 2018 | by Evert-Jan Grit0
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.
After a period of daily bombings, it is now much calmer. But no one knows what's in store for the area. Residents are doing their best to carry on with their daily lives. Russia and Turkey have imposed a demilitarized zone in order to separate the Syrian Army and armed militias.
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: Message of Peace from Twello
Tuesday 30 October
We just heard the news that Mieke van Ee, a peace activist and a good friend of PAX, was involved in a serious car accident. For Ahmed, even though he has never met or spoken with Mieke, she represents an important moment in his life. Two years ago Mieke sent him a message of peace on behalf of the churches in Twello, a town in the east of the Netherlands.
“Hi Ahmed, do you still remember the message of peace from the Netherlands?”
“Of course! We still talk about it. Out of the blue, two years ago, I think, a friend of mine from Turkey and I got an app with photos off a dove and a letter form the Netherlands. It was a really beautiful message, signed by lots of people we didn’t even know.”
“I kept reading it over and over again, and showed it to other people. Just the thought that people in the Netherlands know about us, and, even more important, support us. We couldn’t believe it!”
“Really, that letter, that simple message, that meant so much to us. It helped me to carry on, and to keep believing that there is good in the world. And it still does.”
“I’m really sad for Meike, but I’m glad you told me about her accident. I would love to speak to her myself, to thank her and tell her that we’re thinking of her. Do you think I could call her?”