“The last tweets were from an emotional father. Farewell”
The fight over the Syrian city of Aleppo seems to be coming to a tragic end as the Assad regime remains on the verge of completely seizing the city. Reports continue to come in from the few holdout areas in the city that the incoming forces are showing no mercy, systematically killing men, women, and children indiscriminately. The United Nations supports these accounts calling the scene in the area a “complete meltdown of humanity.”
While that may be true of the aggressive forces, we’re seeing a different, very human, very tragic stories for those who are in hiding, awaiting what seems to be an inevitable knock on their door by the Assad regime’s forces. With bombs continuing to fall, the holdouts have taken to social media to paint the bleak picture and offer their final goodbyes in the event things don’t quickly improve for the people remaining in the city.
Here are just a few of their messages, which continue to come in:
Here’s a message from seven-year-old Bana Alabed who, with the help of her family has been live-tweeting the dire situation for months, making herself a de facto ambassador to many with few human connections to the atrocities taking place in the area:
All the messages carry a sense of fatalism and resignation with them, which makes them all the more heartbreaking:
Hopefully, these messages are premature, but regardless of whether matters are as bleak as the picture painted in these messages, they’ll turn a few more heads to what many of us have kept out of sight and out of mind.