Aleppo a shattered city

Imagine waking up one morning and finding your whole town in shambles. You are afraid to walk on the streets because of the fear of being bombed.

That’s what life is like right now for more than 1.5 million residents who are still stuck in the shattered city of Aleppo. Some are unable to leave due to unaffordable travel fees. Others are simply trapped there by the armed forces who control the city.

Aleppo used to be the biggest city and the economic center of Syria before the conflict between the Syrian government and the Rebels started in Syria in 2011. The city is located near the border between Syria and Turkey. Turkey, an ally of the Rebels, is one of the major suppliers of the Rebels.

The Rebel forces, also backed by the U.S., moved into the city in 2012, but the Syrian Regime in 2016 attempted to regain control of the city, besieging and bombing the eastern rebel side of the city with Russian allies. This is causing destruction and death.

The bombardments have caused the destruction of 80 percent of the public water systems, leaving 200,000 residents without a source of water. The strikes also killed hundreds of innocent civilians, causing many Western countries to accuse Assad and his government of war crimes.

The besieged section of the city has also been cut off from food, medical supplies and other daily necessary supplies. Doctors are also extremely scarce in this section of the city, with only one doctor for about seven thousand people.

Since the bloody war began, about 4,500 children have been killed in the city, according to CNN.

Now, some 20 children are severely injured everyday, according to Sky News. Many children are not able to attend school and obtain their education

Personally, I have to admit I never knew in-depth how serious the war in Syria had gotten over the past  three years. It’s so hard to realize that all of the destruction and bloodshed is happening in real life, in a place that was once peaceful  and prosperous.

No way could I imagine what it is like to lose a family member or to become a refugee without a home. It would break my heart to see my parents desperately struggling to scavenge food here and there to feed our family.

Being a survivor in the outdoors myself, I know exactly how hard it is to find food and live in cold and hunger.

While many kids my age may think that school is a sinkhole of depression, it’s a lot better than dodging bombshells and being homeless. It’s so hard to appreciate what you have when you already have it.

To solve this problem, our country needs to stop participating in the war immediately. The saddest feeling occurs when you are the ones that are part of the problem.

Syria would be better off without the involvement of the Western countries and their supplements of modern projectiles and bombs. A political solution is needed to end Syria’s civil war, not a military one.

We must become educated about the horrors occurring in Syria and pledge our efforts to support peaceful resolution today.