Syria 26 Nov 2015 14:58
November 20, 2015 Aleppo, Syria Um Abdul Rahman al-Issa, a resident of Tariq al-Bab district of Aleppo, is desperate and worried about the condition of her family in the upcoming winter. The mother of 5 had to leave her hometown in the neighboring district of Jabal Badro following an airstrike that destroyed her house over a year ago. Her father, her husband (Ibrahim al-Issa) and her daughter died in the airstrike. Um Abdul Rahman is now taking shelter with her 5 children in a house in the Tariq al-Bab district, in the rebel controlled area of Aleppo. She depends on the very few donations she receives from her poor neighbors in order to feed her children, but she is very worried about keeping them warm as winter is coming. She said that she struggled to survive last winter and that she’d rather and her children die this year to avoid being in the same situation again. Just like other residents of the area, 10 year old Abdul Rahman, the oldest of his brothers, have to collect rubbish to burn as fuel for cooking and heating. Two of Abdul Rahman brothers are mentally unstable, and he has to support his mother to make a living.