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Syria, 6 years on – Are you still watching?

Dr. Hamza Al Khatib
Aleppo, Syria

Mar 15, 2017 — Dear Friends,

Thank you for your kind messages of support. I know it has been some time since we’ve been in touch, but I can tell you now that my family and I made it safely out of Aleppo at the end of December. It was difficult to leave my city, my home, and I waited until I knew my patients would be allowed safe passage across the Syrian government’s siege lines.

I am taking some time to rest and enjoy my family, but I hope to return to Syria next month to keep helping my people.

As some of you may know today marks the 6th anniversary of the Syrian revolution - when Syrian civilians took to the streets to demand their basic rights. The violence that followed has torn my home apart. Aleppo is in ruins, thousands have been killed, and millions of innocent civilians have been forced to flee their homes across the country, escaping a military campaign whose purpose has been to maximize the suffering of the innocent.

Aleppo was not the end. It is no wonder that, despite the supposed ceasefire, schools and hospitals continue to be struck with impunity, while besieged communities face desperate shortages in food, medicine and other essential supplies. War crimes continue in places like Wadi Barada and Al Waer where citizens were forced from their homes after months of siege. In Harasta, civilians continue to be targeted with chemical weapons.

But now is not the moment to look away. The attention of European publics has been essential in preventing even more violent and cruel abuses. Your vigilance is vital still. My friends at the withSyria campaign have made a short video highlighting the defining moments of the past 6 years. I hope you will share “Syria, 6 years on – Are you still watching?” and remind your fellow citizens that their support is still needed, and not to let their leaders look away:

Thank you.

Dr. Hamza

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