Misery Beyond the War Zones: Arrest, Insults, and Dignity

The regime and Hezbollah arrested us from one of the convoys leaving Aleppo city”, Abu Mohammad told SY24
The regime and Hezbollah arrested us from one of the convoys leaving Aleppo city”, Abu Mohammad told SY24

Shortly after the Syrian revolution broke out, Abu Mohammad al-Shami, a 24-year old man, defected from the regime’s army to work as an ambulance driver with one of the medical organizations in Aleppo city.

In 2016, he, along with his wife and child, was forcibly displaced by the regime from East Aleppo to western rural Aleppo.

“Upon leaving Aleppo with my wife, my child and my in-laws, I was tortured and insulted. The regime and Hezbollah arrested us from one of the convoys leaving Aleppo city”, Abu Mohammad told SY24. “The regime forces killed my brother-in-law in front of the women and children, before they released them”.

Al-Shami added, “After we were forcibly displaced from Aleppo, and after the medical organization I used to work in abandoned me, I moved to al-Atarib city. I make Ful and Hummus in order to provide for my family and my wife’s family”.

“Despite all the conditions in the region, I will stay and work in Syria. But I am afraid that this exact same scenario will repeat itself, and we find ourselves forcibly displaced again”, al-Shami emphasized.

In 2016, the regime forces intensified their shelling of east Aleppo, committing thousands of massacres and destroying all hospitals and public facilities in the city, to eventually, evacuate thousands of civilians from east Aleppo.