After the Events in Aleppo, Do Syrians Still Believe in the Revolution?

“If you aren’t homeless and looking for shelter, you might be a poor person looking for food for your children. If you aren’t poor, you will be under bombardment and that’s enough to make you anxious, to make you conscious in a state of unconsciousness, escaping from death or wishing for it, you don’t know. Every Syrian is facing at least one of these things, or maybe all of them. What revolution are we talking about?”, said Samer Zakaria, while smoking.

Samer, in his fifties, is a father of a martyr and of a prisoner. He fled with his family from Hama to Idlib three years ago to avoid being arrested. He represents a large segment of Syrians and was able, through his simple words, to sum up what some Syrians are suffering, especially after the regime’s advancement in the major opposition strongholds and in the cradle of the revolution, the city of Aleppo.

Last week, al-Assad’s forces and allied militias seized control of all districts of the northern part of eastern Aleppo, with the opposition losing 40% of areas under its control.

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