Aleppo, the urgency of reconstruction.

EN - Friday, 13 December 2019

For an hour, we have been walking down the old centre of the city of Aleppo. So many beauties. So many stories... So much destruction.

The steep streets are magnificent and terrible. From time to time they allow to perceive an unsuspected paradise in the maze of ruins. For a moment, I see a stray cat looking for a meal, on a huge pile of stones. The second that follows, my eyes land on the interior of a gaping building from which we see the remains of the main staircase. At the top of this staircase, no floor... Besides, there’s no floor underneath either.

We have been in Aleppo for several days. We spent the day clearing the rubble from a house. One of the countless. There is so much to do, and yet we are still doing it. Just to see the expression of immense thanks from the owner who kept thanking SOS Chrétiens d’Orient. Maybe today was just a drop in the bucket. But this drop will probably allow this Aleppian to be the first to come back to live on his street. And reopen the first small store there?

Tonight, I have the opportunity to call my family and explain that everything is going well here. But after several minutes of discussion, another power outage occurs. The call will have to wait a few more hours… Syria is a country at war. How can we forget it? Far away, like every night here, rocket fire is there to remind me.

Thank you for your financial support. It allows us to give something of ourselves in this wonderful country and to bring hope, joy and comfort to those who have suffered so much in the war.

For Christmas, we propose you to rebuild the house of Wdad. The total cost of the work is estimated at € 2.500.

It's an already significant amount, but to live again, it's not much. Be part of the process, make a donation

Bruno, volunteer in Syria.