He wakes up one day deciding to leave, believing that he really evaded death, and decides to look for a place to start a life. He clings to the belief that he will find a way until someone asks “where do you come from?” Struggling to get back in his memory more than three years before, … Continue reading
The first post in this blog was about my mother. I wanted to write more about her, but life had hidden too much turbulence for me. My mother died on May 4th, after a 20-hour coma. She didn’t suffer, but it doesn’t make it any easier for me. During my time of absence, I became … Continue reading
Revolution Journal – April 2011
Brief Pre-Hama-Massacre History
For a slideshow, click here The Massacre of Hama 1982: 40,000 Killed 100,000 Displaced 60,000 Arrested 15,000+ Disappeared And it is happening again in Syria. Related articles Hama 30 Years Ago: 26 February 1982 (syriangayguy.wordpress.com) Hama 30 Years Ago: 22 – 25 February 1982 (syriangayguy.wordpress.com) Hama 30 Years Ago – Saturday 6 February 1982 (syriangayguy.wordpress.com) Hama … Continue reading
After Rifaat Assad declared lifting the martial law and curfew, most residents who fled the city returned on 25 February. People of Hama were all out early morning on Friday, 26 February 1982, trying to look for relatives and grasp an idea about how their city looked like, paying little attention to the soldiers repositioning … Continue reading
After hovering over Hama in a helicopter to oversee the progress of destruction he ordered, Rifaat Assad asked for an estimation of the civilian casualties in the city. When he was told that 20,000 civilians were killed, he said, “20,000 is a small number for a city of 250,000 people.” Military official told him that … Continue reading
My friends in Syria are being hunted one by one. Syrian authorities arrested today 14 activists. Mayada al-Khalil was arrested today, along with Razan Ghazzawi and Mazen Darwish. Zeina Shahla was arrested on Sunday 12 Feb 2012.
This week in Hama witnessed the continuance of Assad atrocities in the city; destroying mosques, churches, archeological and residential buildings, and Old City neighborhoods. The first two weeks of the Massacre of Hama were the most destructive; most of the city was already destroyed, and many neighborhoods were completely demolished.
The military operation in Hama continues for the 12th day. Eighty tanks and 2,000 soldiers engaged in Assad forces attacks on civilian neighborhoods in the city. Neighborhoods of al-Shamaliya, al-Hamidiya, and al-Sharkiya were destroyed. Some buildings in al-Dabbagha were targeted on that day, killing around 52 civilians there.