Aleppo 54 years ago … and now?

A family with two young children leave Syria, travelling through Turkey to Europe.

In 1962, Humphrey and Helga traveled through Syria with a 7 month old & a two year old in a transit van, returning home from Jordan to Germany & the UK. Not a journey to be undertaken willingly now, yet many such families have to attempt it, fleeing unwillingly.

Roman road Syria, somewhere between Aleppo and the Turkish border, 8 June 1962
Roman road Syria, somewhere between Aleppo and the Turkish border, 8 June 1962
Aleppo Citadel, 8 June 1962
Aleppo Citadel as seen by the Fishers, 8 June 1962 – also the top picture in this post.

The sights meeting the Fishers eyes contrast with those we see in our newspapers.

Today, thousands of families are hoping to flee before it is too late for them too, as shown in the  Guardian’s photo-essay of Eastern Aleppo as pro-Assad forces move in (15 Dec 2016). The final picture shows damage around the citadel site seen from the air (Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters)

These villages on the Fisher’s journey may be some of the places people flee through today. Here is something small we can do – try and get every country in the world to protest to prevent more massacre in Aleppo: click on Avaaz’s petition

Syrian village between Aleppo and the Turkish Border, 8 June 1962
Syrian village between Aleppo and the Turkish Border, 8 June 1962

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Aleppo 54 years ago … and now?”

  1. This is a comment from Mel and Suan, fellow WordPressers!
    Religion has been used to engage in some of the world’s deadliest conflicts. It is so so sad to see Syria being torn apart. These pictures only accentuates the disparity.

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    1. And yet in many cases, religion is really used as a cloak by rival groups seeking power, and its messages distorted by powerful leaders for political gain.
      Here is something small we can do – try and get every country in the world to protest to prevent more massacre in Aleppo: click on Avaaz’s petition https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/aleppo_stop_the_massacre_virnew/?toVgZjb&v=500268780&cl=11315339205&_checksum=1e6deb48236847e5ffc21538b4f10738600e15617ad7d6bb646e3d6b2cf9663c

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