Tag Archive: Aleppo

Community’s call to action: Team Harehills send off huge container of aid to Aleppo

Leave a Comment
SUPPLIES: Clothes, water and medical aid was all donated to the cause

SUPPLIES: Clothes, water and medical aid was all donated to the cause

When one resident in Harehills put out a call for help after seeing people suffering in Aleppo, he expected some close friends and family to perhaps show some interest.

Instead, what Charlie ‘Chaz’ Mo discovered, was that a whole community wanted to show their support in whatever way they could.

In the space of just 48 hours – from the time Charlie sent out text messages to his contacts and posted an appeal on Facebook – the Aleppo Winter Appeal had gone viral.

A huge container was filled with donations in just two days, with water, medicine and clothes stacked up to the brim.

The container will now be sent off to Syria by the charity, Al Fatiha Global, who will also oversee the distribution of the aid overseas.

HUMANITARIAN: Charlie ‘Chaz’ Mo says he was amazed to see such a response to his Aleppo Winter Appeal

HUMANITARIAN: Charlie ‘Chaz’ Mo says he was amazed to see such a response to his Aleppo Winter Appeal

Speaking about the donations, Charlie said he had been overwhelmed.

“The response I got in just 48 hours was amazing,” he continued. “I am still receiving calls now from people who want to donate even more.

“We really hope this work to support the needy will continue in the long run.”

He added: “A special thank you must go to Liaqat, Riasat and Arshad Sajawal, as well as Councillor Javaid Akhtar for supporting me in this project cause.

“Thanks also to my friends, family and mostly the local community and the people that donated from all over Yorkshire.”

Charlie’s says his winter appeal was a particular success due to the decision not to accept any monetary donations.

“When money gets involved with projects, transparency comes into question and people want to see where every penny has gone,” he said.

“I much prefer to make donations myself as it not only saves time shopping around, but allows people to give as much or as little as they can.”

Away from his winter appeal, Charlie is known as somewhat of community champion and is involved in a number of projects helping the less fortunate across the city.

If you would like to donate directly to Al Fatiha Global, you can do so by visiting their website at www.alfatihaglobal.com.

TEAM EFFORT: The team managed to load a huge container of goods before it was shipped off to help people in Aleppo

TEAM EFFORT: The team managed to load a huge container of goods before it was shipped off to help people in Aleppo

Share this:
Share

#WhereIsBana ? Girl tweeting from Aleppo disappears online

Leave a Comment
WHERE IS SHE?: Bana Alabed’s twitter had amassed around 100,000 followers after her tweets gave a human face to the everyday suffering of the Syrian people

WHERE IS SHE?: Bana Alabed’s twitter had amassed around 100,000 followers after her tweets gave a human face to the everyday suffering of the Syrian people

Amid an army offensive in eastern Aleppo, a seven-year-old girl - whose tweets drew worldwide attention - has disappeared from Twitter.

With the help of her mother, a teacher, Bana Alabed regularly tweeted in English about life in the besieged city and had amassed around 100,000 followers.

As troops pushed into the city on Sunday, the account was deleted.

Her final tweet, written by her mother, said: ‘We are sure the army is capturing us now. We will see each other another day dear world. Bye. – Fatemah’.

Aleppo, Syria’s second city, has been split in two during the country’s long conflict.

Bana lived in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, which has been relentlessly bombed by the army.

The account, where tweets were posted by both Bana and her mother Fatemah, drew attention to the plight of civilians trapped in eastern Aleppo.

Bana’s account had given a human face to the everyday reality of life in Aleppo.

FINAL TWEET: Before Bana Alabed’s account was deleted, she tweeted these words.

FINAL TWEET: Before Bana Alabed’s account was deleted, she tweeted these words.

She tweeted about the steady stream of bombings, sent messages to politicians to end the conflict and shared photos and short videos of herself and her brothers trying to be children in a war-torn world.

After the account disappeared, social media users tweeted their concern using the hashtag #WhereIsBana

One tweet from November read: ‘Tonight we have no house, it's bombed and I got in rubble. I saw deaths and I almost died.’

Since the start of the latest military offensive, the United Nations estimates more than 31,000 people have already fled their homes, either to government or Kurdish areas or deeper into the besieged enclave.

At least 300 people have been killed since the government-led offensive on east Aleppo and about 250,000 are thought to be trapped.

Earlier this week, Stephen O’Brien, the UN’s humanitarian affairs chief, said parts of the city were at risk of becoming ‘one giant graveyard’.

He said some people inside opposition-controlled areas were so hungry they had been reduced to scavenging.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling, who has exchanged tweets with Bana and earlier sent her entire book series, retweeted posts about Bana’s missing account.

On Friday, Rowling tweeted a video of Bana saying she was on the run and feared being killed.

Share this:
Share

Mass exodus in Aleppo

Leave a Comment
RUBBLE: Aleppo is now a shell of a city as its inhabitants have fled towards the Turkish border after an intense Russian assault

RUBBLE: Aleppo is now a shell of a city as its inhabitants have fled towards the Turkish border after an intense Russian assault

Thousands of Syrians flee city after Russian airstrikes

Tens of thousands of Syrians are being forced out of the city of Aleppo towards the Turkish border, after intense Russian airstrikes on Friday.

Aid workers have said they fear the city, which once was home to two million people, could soon fall under a full government siege.

For the people of Aleppo, this has been one of the most intense bombardments of the five-year war. Opposition forces in northern Syria say they are losing their grip on the city, whilst forces loyal to Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad are in control of most of the countryside to the north.

Tens of thousands of Syrians fled an intensifying Russian assault around the region on Friday, and aid workers said they feared the city which once held two million people could soon fall under a full government siege.

President Bashar al-Assad's forces and their allies are making a new bid to achieve victory on the battlefield after Russia's involvement ended months of stalemate.

Aleppo would be the biggest strategic win in years for Assad's government. The bloody conflict has killed at least 250,000 people and displaced 11 million from their homes.

Video footage showed thousands of people, mostly women, children and the elderly, congregating at the Bab al-Salam border crossing.

Men carried luggage on top of their heads, and the elderly and infirm were using wheelchairs.

Some women sat on the side of the road with their babies and waited to be allowed into Turkey.

David Evans, Middle East programme director for the US aid agency ‘Mercy Corps’ said: “It feels like a siege of Aleppo is about to begin.”

Hassan Haj Ali, head of Liwa Suqour al-Jabal, a group that fights under the umbrella of the Free Syrian Army, told Reuters: “The Russian [air] cover continues night and day, there were more than 250 air strikes on this area in one day.

“The regime is now trying to expand the area it has taken control of ... Now the northern countryside (of Aleppo) is totally encircled, and the humanitarian situation is very difficult.”

At least 3,000 Russian service personnel are operating in support of the government in Damascus. They include special force ‘spetsnaz’ troops aiding Hizbollah and Syrian army units on the front lines.

Share this:
Share