The massacres

Ismail Alnadaf, medical student in Aleppo university

By the beginning of the revolution in year 2011, we begun the peaceful demonstrations in Aleppo. The demonstrations continued for several months and was sort of small gatherings from students of the university. We were frequently attacked by armed Assad-supporters who beat us with sticks. But they couldn’t scare us and we always returned to the streets. As the demonstrations were growing the regime soon started to use real bullets. Many were injured or killed, because the students were totally unarmed.

Since we were medical students, we organised a medical team to keep the demonstrators safe. So the days after we equipped ourselves with first aid kits and medicines followed the demonstrations and was ready when the regime attacked us. The treatments took place either at our own houses or at the injured’s house because the regime controlled the hospitals. In severe cases that was beyond our handle, we tried to smuggle them to hospitals with the help of brave doctors who also was against the dictatorship. The patients could then enter and leave the hospital without the security forces arresting them. Everything escalated simultaneously by this time. The demonstrations got bigger, the crackdown became more brutal and the death numbers became higher. In some demonstrations there were up to ten deaths each night. But the dangers of medical action was increasing too. The security forces was trying to arrest all the medical teams because we made the demonstrators more safe and brave. Many from our team were arrested, and I was one of them.

We were tortured and imprisoned for a long period of time. The regime took four of us and killed them to scare us other. Then they burned them and left the bodies in the streets. But they couldn’t scare us. We who remained was just more convinced to continue the struggle against the dictatorship. We had to honour our fallen friends.