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“Milk..milk, buy some milk”, in a dark place in a shelter under the ground with weak light beside which who remained alive, sat in a building in Al-Sakhor neighborhood in eastern besieged Aleppo; Samir and his young neighborhoods started to imitate the calls of a milkman , who was wandering in the neighborhood on his bicycle few months earlier waiting for the children to come with small pots to buy some milk, and then walk carefully to save the milk.
Those children has nothing left but for memories which increase their pains and miseries in a suffocating siege forced by regime forces on their neighborhoods. Their gathering in shelters fearing the brutal offensive, was a time in which they recall the old days on which they were living sweet times. Their innocent meetings end with hopes that soon victory someday will be realized wiping out grieve from their fragile hearts and drawing smiles on their faces.
Probably hope spark that children of Aleppo have drawn in their own imagination is fading away without any alarm with the remarkable advancement of regime forces controlling most blocks in Masakin Hanano neighborhood after being held by rebels earlier since 2012, after fierce battles that lasted for days between the two parties in which regime forces have used all their possible military potentials including warplanes, cannons and shells. Regime’s object with this advancement is dividing Aleppo besieged neighborhoods into two parts to make it easy capturing them later. Alsakhor neighborhood is the destination to fulfill the plan; where regime forces have earlier today controlled the neighborhood splitting the besieged areas into southern and northern parts.
After Samir and his friends get bored narrating past memories that arouse pain in their hearts, they move to political discussions despite their immaturity; analyzing the last developments and predicting what the soon future will hold for them, Samir angrily said:” rebels are doing their best to break the siege on us and enter aids as soon as possible”, Hani interrupted him:” what are you talking about, all the world has sold and abandoned us. It has been two months without any vegetables and milk. We dream about food smell, on every day we are eating the same dish (groats and lentil). If Arabs were sympathetic with us, they would at least do something delivering us food.. rebels are exhausted, on every day they get martyred on the fronts. They are so young to die.. the world lest us down selling the Syrian revolution with some money. This is the reality Samir. Do not be optimistic for Aleppo has been sold and the martyrs’ blood gone for nothing”.
Childish talks they are but they reveal dire condition breaking our hearts taking us years back at which the Syrian revolution was in climax achieving victories over regime forces. However, what is going on recently whether in Aleppo or rural Damascus arouses several wonders and signs of regime strength after the world have disheartened opposition areas. They are careless about thousands who awaits death. Will the next days bring changes to the roadmap?
By Samah Alkhaled
Translated by sabah Najem