What is Aleppo?

The roots of my soul.
The source of my blood flow.
The heartache I retain, sheltered in sorrow.
The blooming love, exalted through the singing heartbeats composing the sense of Home we carry within.

The waking up, early in the morning, to the salesman riding his carriage and yelling the prices of the watermelons over the sound of the footsteps of his horse.
The car horns blasting over the policemen whistles blowing, trying to operate the traffic while we’re just trying to cross the road.
The family gatherings at our grandparents household, the laughter of our loved ones and the tea after lunch followed by the afternoon nap before the awakening of the city at night.
The smell of the spices in the souk of the city and my unstoppable sneezing, walking through its alley.
The queen of our hearts, the Citadel of Aleppo and the countless memories our spirits hold in between the chasms of its old walls.
The melody of the oud playing, spellbound by the muezzin calling for the prayer along with the bells of the church ringing.

Screams, bombings, pain.

Incomprehension

the theft of the children’s innocence

The destruction of one of the oldest inhabited cities.

The loss of so many lives

The non-recognition.

The forgetfulness.

War.

Aleppo.

Dima K.

 

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