Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, which was once known as the heart of the country’s economic power, has been under constant shelling by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.
Every day, there are tragic stories about people losing their loved ones in the violence that has gripped the country for almost two years. The story of Mohammad is no different.
Mohammad, who lived in the Sha’ar neighborhood of Aleppo, lost his parents and two brothers when their house was destroyed by Syrian regime warplanes.
Mohammad’s grandfather, Abu Ahmad, said that he and his grandson were the only survivors, adding that the seven-year-old was found under the rubble with minor injuries.
Their lives have become almost unbearable in the winter’s cold weather, Abu Ahmad told Anadolu Agency, adding that they cannot find heating oil and are using blankets to shelter themselves from the freezing cold.
“I lost my son and grandsons in the bombing,” he said. “Bashar al-Assad is not our president anymore. He is a dictator killing his own people. I hope he sees what he is doing to us in his own children.”