Aleppo’s streets were empty but filled with destruction

“On a Saturday morning at 6am, after an intensified raid in my area of Aleppo, I was forced to leave my home, just as all our neighbouring families left the area and the town became empty of people.

Blogger: Taher Sibsi, 22, married and father of one child, was forced to leave his home in Aleppo and seek safety in Idlib.

“On a Saturday morning at 6am, after an intensified raid in my area of Aleppo, I was forced to leave my home, just as all our neighbouring families left the area and the town became empty of people.

Aleppo’s streets were empty but filled with destruction and debris.

In a heart full of sadness and fear, I asked my wife to prepare to leave the town. My eyes welled up with tears as  I looked at the walls and said  farewell to the place, hoping not be away for too long. My wife told me she was ready. I closed the door and my hands were shaking while holding the keys.

We got on my motorbike. The sound of bombing was getting closer and closer. Once, a bomb hit a nearby building while driving so fast. Dust filled my way.

 

I saw an old woman lying on the ground. I looked at her closely. She was dead. Our hearts started beating faster as we drove faster. I didn’t know where I was heading. I entered a grove full of trees. There, I saw children crying with fear and running with their families far away.

My motorbike stopped working. I tried to fix it but it wouldn’t switch on. The bombs didn’t stop falling.

 

My wife and I were so frightened. She was praying the whole time until the motorbike finally turned on. We drove again until reaching a friend’s house. It was 7pm.

The house of my friend is a bit safer than our home. And it’s an area where thousands of people sought refuge as a break until reaching a secure area. We had tea with my friend and felt some warmth.

Suddenly, shells started to fall on the area and many people in the streets were killed or injured.

The catastrophic story is not over yet. Where should we seek shelter?