Due in part to Russian intervention, the Syrian Civil War has gone on for more than a decade. Reporting from the Turkish-Syrian border, we talk to Syrians about what it means to persevere.
Is there some way we can donate to Mohammed’s operation? And Yaserji’s orphanage?
Thank you for covering this- western coverage of the war in Syria is so sparse, it was a good change of pace to hear from the people who are still living through a conflict most headlines have forgotten. An interesting look at the impact of Russia there, but the Syrian people’s perseverance is absolutely astounding. I’ve also sent money through Venmo for Mohammed’s surgery, hopefully it can provide a little help. This was a great read, thanks for your hard work!
I hadn’t planned on crying while reading this report but here I am. Damn Putin!
Excellent reporting Tim.
The world needs reminding of the extent of Putin’s, and Russia’s, evil. Bombarding defenceless civilians in the aid of brutal dictator puts Putin into another echelon of wickedness.
The Russian cynicism and the disregard; no, not even that, the sadistic preoccupation with causing chaos and misery and wreckage should have been firmly put down a long time ago. We “Western” nations have let democracy down, have let so much down when so much could’ve been prevented.
Another thing Hillary Clinton was right about, Obama could have closed the skies over Syria as she advised.
Poor wee mite! I hope he gets the surgeries he needs and can have some sort of happy life going forward. We need to hear these stories to ground us in the realities of war, wherever it is being fought - above all children have the least choice about it. I try not to hate, but to me Putin is the face of pure evil in what he has caused, supported, enabled, and perpetuated. And the basic reality of it all is that whether or not the media reports on the atrocity of various wars, people are still maimed, killed, displaced, traumatised etc. etc. whether we know about it or not. We all can help by seeking out stories - with information sharing sites it is possible to find people reporting from on the ground or via reputable sources. The Counteroffensive is one of them that I am so grateful for, and on a different and deeper level than mere "reporting", but I have my daily Ukraine update people to follow - not sure if I can stand the trauma of adding Syria to that diet of horror, but at least will be on the lookout more than usual.
Rest up Tim ... and thank you for surfacing this important reminder about why it is important for Ukraine to drive Putin's terrorist invaders out in abject humiliation ... it might help knee-cap their other military atrocities with any luck?
This is heart breaking - I can only ask of God why such evil and cruelty are tolerated. I want to fight for the survival of democracy in the west everyday. And yet, do we even deserve it when we do so little for others’ suffering.
Perseverance and endurance.
Amazing human traits. Thank
you Tim for this.
I don't have anything insightful to say, but I loved this issue. I love the kids dancing and singing. And I want Putin to die a slow painful death, yesterday.