Remnants of Idlib – Amira’s Grandmother and the Cookies
Amira loves biscuits so much. Her grandma used to buy her the biscuit she loved, even the last time they left their village, her grandmother was carrying a pack of biscuits that Amira liked.
“This is my last thing to remember about my village,” Amira adds.
Amira is a five-year-old who lived in a village in the southern countryside of Idlib. She was always afraid of the roaring warplanes and the shelling that echoed her tiny room.
Whenever an air raid buzzed the sky, she rushed to hide either at her grandmother’s cuddle, under the stairs, or simply under the pillow. Her grandmother describes her as “the daughter of the war” because she was born and lived in war time, like many other children in Syria.
Due to the continued, intense shelling of Idlib’s southern countryside during December 2019, the grandmother had to go out with her grandchildren towards the temporary camps in freezing northern Syria.
Her only hope was just to save the children of her detained son and her second son who was injured in the recent bombing of their home, which was entirely destroyed.
Grandma says: “Children are more valuable than the wealth of the world and all its properties”.
I will never mind that we have been displaced and got to live in dreadful cold camps.
Anyway, thanks God I managed to get my grandchildren safe!”
Amira loves her grandmother a lot, “because she makes me feel safe whenever I hold her hand”.
It is clear that the international community is being careless about the continuing violations of humanitarian and International laws as the Humanitarian Law, that obliges all states parties, to protect the civilian population, women and children from targeting in the armed conflicts areas.
People in #Idlib need us to spread the word so the whole world bears witness and so decision-makers are held responsible for ending this humanitarian catastrophe.