We have lost everything- Syrians return to ravaged Aleppo

December 6, 2016 | By | Reply More

Amina Hamawy burst into tears and then fainted when she returned to eastern Aleppo to find that looters had ransacked her home. “Where am I? What happened?” she asked after her husband and daughter revived her. “We have lost everything.”

Syrians return to AleppoThey were among a few hundred residents who fled fighting in the Hanano neighborhood last month and were able to return after government forces drove out Syrian rebels, whose besieged and bombed out enclave in eastern Aleppo has begun to collapse.

After registering with authorities, Hamawy’s family was driven past blackened shells of buildings and mounds of rubble, devastation wrought by more than four years of near-daily airstrikes, including explosives-filled barrels dropped from helicopters.

The looters left the old refrigerator and the washing machine behind. “The work of decades disappeared in a few hours.”

It could be much worse. His family survived and was able to flee when government forces moved in. And their gray and white cat emerged when they returned, meowing from hunger but otherwise unharmed.

On Sunday, volunteers with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent distributed mattresses, blankets, food baskets and diapers. Doctors standing outside ambulances diagnosed patients and prescribed medicine or vitamins.

One woman arrived with her husband, who was ill and could barely walk.

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo reports.

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