These Are The Final Messages From Aleppo


As President Assad and Syrian Armed Forces made moves to take over eastern Aleppo, many trapped in the city released messages on social media about their impending deaths. As the Syrian government attempts to decimate the last of the rebel forces, many civilians are being caught in the crossfire. There are reports of mass executions as well as women committing suicide to avoid being raped by the government’s armed forces. Some have taken to Twitter, documenting what a UN representative called a “complete meltdown of humanity,” pleading for any kind of aid, and saying goodbye to the world.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein released a statement urging nations to step in and help in the conflict:

“The crushing of Aleppo, the immeasurably terrifying toll on its people, the bloodshed, the wanton slaughter of men, women and children, the destruction — and we are nowhere near the end of this cruel conflict. What can happen next, if the international community continues to collectively wring its hands, can be much more dangerous. What is happening with Aleppo could repeat itself in Douma, in Raqqa, in Idleb. We cannot let this continue.”

Below are only a portion of the tweets being sent out from Aleppo. The containing upsetting language and imagery but it is important to understand the terrible circumstances these people are facing.

Long Island Wins Executive Director Maryann Slutsky had this to say about the events unfolding in Aleppo: “Today, as the world watches the horror of Aleppo in disbelief and heartache for its people, the U.S. and the rest of the world have a moral obligation to react with compassion, understanding and help by welcoming these refugees with a safe haven.”

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Sara Roncero-Menendez is the Online Editor for Long Island Wins. Prior to joining the Long Island Wins team, she graduate from NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and worked as a reporter for publications like Mashable, The Huffington Post, and PSFK. She became involved in immigration issues and advocacy while working towards her Masters degree at The University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign. After joining the Graduate Employee Organization Local 6300, she worked on helping international and undocumented students work with the administration to get fair financial aid and fellowship opportunities. Sara also works on issues of representation in mass media, including film and television, and works on media reviews and podcast.

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