Remnants of Idlib – Yusuf and his Old Raincoat
Perhaps Yousuf’s story is different from the other children’s stories who were forced to leave their homes. Some of them were able to carry a toy or keep a remembrance that accompany them during the displacement journey, but Yousuf had only his old raincoat which his mother had given him.
Yousuf – who is two years, his mother was carrying him with one hand and holding his four siblings in another hand, after their small house in rural Maarat al-Numan was targeted by continuous shelling in December 2019 leading to the death of the father and forcing the mother to displace with her children towards the northern parts of Syria to settle in one of the random camps there.
This displacement was not the first movement experienced by the Yousuf’s family. But this displacement was the most painful one due to the loss of their father.
Yousuf experienced displacement hardships and keeping away from the loved people around him without being fully aware of that, but he “of course loves to have toys to play and boast of them among his peers in addition to having good clothes that protect him from the coldness” as his mother describes, this constant alienation left him with no safe space to live his childhood like the rest of the world’s children.
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.