The next massacre

This is not a war, a word so far accepted. This is an industry of shit to create orphans, refugees and widows. Its next goal is Idlib. Four million people, run by the devoted forces of jihadist violence. Who run the industry has no idea of what he is doing, they will not pay the unacceptable and inhumane cost of such a love for violence. Of such an inability to find human solutions. There will be other deserts, other millions of refugees, new desperation to add the one already present in Lebanon, where we live since years. It is unbearable for the ones who suffer it; it is perfectly bearable for those who caused it.
It would be necessary to coagulate a world community that agrees on simple values such as “don't kill civilians”.

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The longest day

In one of the first spring days, we are sitting in a tent, in Tel Abbas. Winter seems far behind as well as the cold and the intrusive mud in the streets. Someone knocks at the door, we open and Abu Suliman from Homs appears at the entrance. He has a gloomy look, far looking over the border, in the lands where is still winter in the men’s hearts. “Look here”. He tells us of an attack with sarin gas in Khan Sheikkun, a small village at two hours’ drive from our position in northern Lebanon. Two hours distant as two centuries. In his phone, I could see horrible images, children piled one on another in dreadful positions. Their eyes wide open and a pale complexion. Some have a white slime coming down from the mouth. Eyes still full of terror, a violence to the heart and to the mind of any observer. Abu Suliman speaks in spurts, calibrating each word, without exaggerating and with no hurry in expressing his feelings. “How can you kill so little human beings in such a manner?”.

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The run

The death of Ayyed left us with a bitter taste, a bite too big especially for his relatives and friends, who had to swallow too many bitter pills in these years. Ayyed was a young boy living in a lock-up with his family. Together, they ran away from Syria not to be afraid of war. But here they find themselves running to survive, chasing the stolen dignity. Some of us knew him since a while, others spent even the eve of the year with him, yet others just caught a glimpse of him, but Ayyed was there and, even if he was living like any other refugee a ghost life made of narrow spaces and sacrifices, he was chasing his stolen dignity too. Ayyed’s family, as all the refugees, are running at full speed – and us with them – trying to look for the easiest terrain, to make the struggle less hard or at least to struggle together. Ayyed ran in a different way because of his down syndrome and for a blood disease that forced him to look for help every three month so to find donors. His parents were running together with him and were keeping up with him, with a watchful eye and an open heart. On Friday night, Ayyed felt not good and he was bounced from one hospital to another for 24 hours. No doctors heard his mother shouts expressing the pain for her child. Nobody ran with them, none heard Ayyed’s needs because his family didn’t have money to pay even a simple check-up, because a debt of 70.000 LBP (around 45 EUR) blocked any other possible help, because a Syrian boy doesn’t get the same treatment as any other human being. It’s well known a run is a matter of minutes, if not seconds, and Ayyed is dead, indeed. He died at home while he was waiting for somebody who could evaluate if the needed treatment was whether urgent or not, if he was exempted from payments, hence whether he had a right to dignity or not. Ayyed died between his mother’s arms who was tired of running, in front of his father’s eyes that have seen so many injustices. Everybody here is asking how it’s possible to keep on doing nothing in front of this injustice, but this is the exact reason why even when their breath is short and their legs are heavy we keep on going at the rhythm of those seeking dignity.