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Syrians return home to what’s left of East Aleppo

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Sloan Schwarzentraub, Journalist

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With no running water, power, and sometimes rubble for buildings, many Syrians are starting to return to what’s left of their home in east Aleppo. When the Syrian army seized East Aleppo in December, they destroyed most of the town. Most of East Aleppo is an inhospitable environment, bulldozers have been working for over a month to clear a path through the debris.  The UN estimated 40,000 people have come back to Aleppo so far.

Abu Hussein, a resident who returned to east Aleppo with his wife Umm Hussein said in a BBC interview, “Nothing is better or more beautiful than our home, it’s the place to be in good times or in bad.”  His home is in Shaar, one of the poorest areas in East Aleppo. On the street of his home, many buildings have collapsed, and others have the walls ripped off showing the inside of the homes.

“Of course we have hope, we’ll rebuild and we’ll find a solution.” Umm Hussein said as she was cooking on a small charcoal grill on the stairwell. The Hussein’s have a 2-year-old son who is still with Umm’s parents at this time since they have no jobs and no money.

Of course we have hope, we’ll rebuild and we’ll find a solution.”

— Umm Hussein

Many relief agencies have set out water tanks in the streets and children fight through mud and rubble to get to them to bring back water to their families. The United Nations have spent more than 200 million on relief work in Aleppo this past year.

While most of Aleppo remains a ghost town, more and more people are coming back to what’s left of their home.

 

 

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