Quotes from CARE Partner in Eastern Aleppo

The following quotes were gathered from inside eastern Aleppo from a CARE partner agency.

On the 11,000* displaced persons who have fled to other neighborhoods, 25-28 Nov.:

“A lot of people are arriving in my neighborhood, leaving everything behind. People fear being detained.

“Residents and the local committees are helping house the displaced families. But the houses aren’t fit for humans, a lot of them are only the destroyed remains of buildings.

“Aleppo has been besieged for almost 100 days. The displaced are moving while the bombing continues over the besieged areas of the city. People who have fled these neighborhoods are afraid. Their condition is desperate, they’ve left everything behind.”

Food, water, resources

“We only have rice, grain, and lentils, and maybe pasta. Even bread isn’t always available. People sometimes mix their bread with tahini, sometimes with rice and beans. They call that a meal.

“Until now there is no water, and no one knows when it will be back again. There is very little stock for cooking, only the underground water which can be unsafe.

“One of our greatest hardships is the heating. We don't have fuel, and if you find it, it’s too expensive to buy. People need fuel for their generators. It's very cold here. I’m suffering with cold and flu.

“The intense bombing is a problem – we’re afraid to go to markets because of the heavy shelling.”

On shelter

“I live in a second floor apartment with my wife and five-month-old baby. Our balcony, the windows, and walls have been impacted by shrapnel from the bombs and shelling. We sleep in the middle of the apartment just in case there’s a bomb in the middle of night. We need to avoid the wall and street sides – it’s an attempt to protect ourselves, not the safest though.”

The challenges in war for women and girls

“Women are fearing sexual assault by armed forces. Widows who have lost their husband or son have lost the family’s breadwinner. There are no orphanages, no social services available to provide any sort of support, and the price of food has sky-rocketed. Children are suffering with poor nutrition, and babies from a lack of baby formula.”

On women’s health (CARE partner Syrian Relief and Development )

“In the month of November alone, four major reproductive health facilities have been hit in Aleppo and Idlib governorates, (two in Aleppo City, one in rural Aleppo and another in Idlib). As a result, daily, 455 women are prevented access to safe reproductive health services that ultimately save women's lives, ensure healthy pregnancy, labor, and delivery, and provide essential medical care to newborns.”

CARE has spokespeople available in southern Turkey to comment on the situation in Aleppo. Contact:

Darcy Knoll
Communications Specialist | CARE Canada | +1.613.790.2134

*Figure from NPM factsheet, 29 November 2016