10 heart-wrenching before and after photos from the Syrian war in the ancient city of Aleppo- one of the oldest inhabited cities in the history of the world.
War seems to be everywhere nowadays. It is so common that it’s difficult to keep up with all of them. One thing is certain though, the destruction it causes, to our history, our planet, and our lives, is irreparable.
If you aren’t familiar with the Battle of Aleppo, here is a brief rundown. The battle began on July 19th 2012 as a part of the Syrian Civil War. The Free Syrian Army, Islamic Front, People’s Defence Units and Sunni militants are waging war against the Syrian government, Hezbollah and Shiite militants.
The devastation of the historic city of Aleppo is catastrophic. Feeling anything other than sadness and loss in incomprehensible.
Time magazine wrote,
..the ongoing devastation inflicted on the country’s stunning archaeological sites—bullet holes lodged in walls of its ancient Roman cities, the debris of Byzantine churches, early mosques and crusader fortresses—rob Syria of its best chance for a post-conflict economic boom based on tourism, which, until the conflict started 18 months ago, contributed 12% to the national income.
These pictures give only a slight glimpse into the decaying world of Aleppo.