Idlib Calling | 8 november 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.
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 week 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: I have to share this

Tuesday 6 November

On Friday in Jarjanaz, a village about 25 kilomteres from Saraqeb, the Syrian army fired on the town using heavy artillery. Ten people were killed. In Saraqeb, people could feel the ground shake during the attack. Ahmed called, but he had something else he wanted to talk about.

“Hi, Ahmed, I see that you tried to call me. Is something going on?”

“Did you see my Whatsapp message? I saw a video on Facebook this morning of a boy, Omar, from Kaframbude, a village near Hama. I don’t know the village, and I don’t know the boy, but the video got to me. I thought, I have to share this.”

“The boy suffers from a rare chronic disease. It’s the kind of disease that only one person in a million gets. The family had just heard that doctors can’t help him here or in Turkey. They said his only chance to survive is to be treated by doctors in Europe.”

“As a father of two young children, I struggle to imagine what it would be like to be in Omar’s father’s shoes. I would be out of my mind and would do anything to save my child’s life. I can’t stop thinking about it. Maybe people who read this can do something, I don’t know. I feel like I have to do something, that’s why I called you.”

“We’ll talk again soon, right?”

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