Looking for Hibah Ahmed from Aleppo

‘I was in a relationship with a girl from Aleppo University, where I was studying. But after the crisis started, I don’t know where she has gone.’
(You call it ´crisis´).

Do you still have contacts with someone in Aleppo?
‘Wallah (I swear): No. No one.’

University people, someone.. Relatives, friends.  Think..
‘I wish I had. But no one.’

When was the last time you heard from her?
‘After the events started in Aleppo.’
(the ‘events’ you say)

2012?
‘Must have been around middle of that year. Maybe.’

Did the two of you have any friend in common? Someone you can look up?
‘In Syria you mean? No, no one.’

Love stories cannot end this way
‘I know. But with war, everything is possible.. I was studying with her, in the same department’

But how could it be that you lost contact immediately? Did you look up for her in Facebook, Twitter? Do you have a picture of her? You can look at Google Images and see if you find her
‘Nothing of this. She hadn’t a Facebook account, I lost my phone with her photos.’

I want to help you. How can I?
‘Hahaha. I forgot her. Maybe she is dead. She was such a beautiful girl. Smart. She loved me so much. She was such a giving person. She was even lending me her car. She used to invite me to her home to have food. With her parents. She was everything to them. She was their only child.’

Do you remember the father’s name, his job?
‘I think it was Ahmed. But I never asked her the last name of her family.’

Will you make me a promise?
‘Promise.’

Will you look for her?
‘I am always looking for her. But I have found nothing. She is also the one who lost contact with me. I think she is dead now.’

Do not say it…Do you think so?
‘After all that has happened, no one will remain alive.’

Maybe she left Aleppo long time ago
‘Maybe.’

(After a silence of 20 minutes. Long, heavy minutes)

‘Do you believe I will find her?’
Never give up hope, I believe
‘It’s impossible.’

Do you feel she is dead?
‘Yes. If she is still alive, she would be looking for me too. Because she loved me so much.’

Maybe she is looking for you
‘She knew everything about me, after I arrived to Yemen. I gave her my Facebook account, gmail, my phone number. And I have never changed it.
She promised me she would open a Facebook account, but nothing.
Do you know what? I stopped so many efforts to get married. Because of her. My parents wonder why I am not married yet. I told them I am waiting for someone. But till when?’

Till when you are ready to move on. This is why you have to find her. If not her, her fate.
Is the university closed?
‘In Aleppo, yes.  The life has been closed, not only the university. I really feel so sad because I have mentioned this story. I know I made you sad with this. Sorry dear.
Her name is Hibah Ahmed, of the University of Aleppo – Faculty of Science, Biology Department.’

(you did not say Her name was)


The Broken Loves of War.
Love stories cannot end this way with wars getting in between.

I feel immensely naive, but I ask: Does anyone know of a beautiful girl named Hibah Ahmed who used to study at the University, in Aleppo, Faculty of Science, Biology Department, year 2011-2012?
If so, please tell her nothing has changed. She is still loved, more than ever and someone is waiting for her.

#AleppoIsBurning

Aleppo is burning.  Dying. Barrel bombs from the sky, mortar attacks from the ground, missiles, hell on earth, the sky collapsing on the people. Over 230 people dead just during the last week. Fresh round of airstrikes last night. Waiting for the next to arrive.
Aleppo will not be included in an hypothetical ceasefire. Out of the former 2 milion people living in Aleppo, 250.000 are still trapped with no way out.

“There can be no justification for these appalling acts of violence deliberately targeting hospitals and clinics, which are prohibited under International Humanitarian Law. People keep dying in these attacks. There is no safe place anymore in Aleppo. Even in hospitals,” said Marianne Gasser, head of the ICRC in Syria. “For the sake of people in Aleppo, we call for all to stop this indiscriminate violence.” (International Red Cross Committee ).

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And while many in the world are outraged and getting organised to take to the streets: Beirut, London, Oslo, København, Berlin, Leeds, Amman, Buenos Aires, S. Antonio – TX, Los Angeles – CA and other places joining in (you may check this link  for constant updates on the worldiwide event ALEPPO IS BURNING, WORLDWIDE PROTEST), Facebook is turning RED after a call from activists to spotlight the carnage taking place in Syria and Aleppo in this last case MakeFacebookRed , ff

a friend made her strong point:

What I’m about to share is going to be viewed as unfavorable. Many of you have seen, and are upset, angered — about current heinous crimes against the innocent people of Syria. After five years, it’s not going to stop. It’s not.
With all due respect, listen carefully, internalize what I’m about to say. Do not contact each other. Its a waste of time, resources, and lives. You’re not accomplishing anything. You’re not.
You need to contact “media” -governments, heads of state, academia, and the like. Remaining in your comfort zones accomplishes nothing –except more dead people. Please brave up, do as I ask … its the only answer. God bless.

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Point is: whatever you do. Do not stay silent. Do not waste time blaming parts.
Call your own Head of State. Contact media, your Member of Parliament, join others in exposing this senseless slaughter, email-bomb all the parties comfortably sitting in your Parliament, email the ever-sleeping United Nations.

( Petition to the UN Security Council here )6895083fbeb305a131c2edb47aac129c

Time to act, now.
For Aleppo, for humanity.