I am the Munshed Ahmad Haboush
I was in 110 countries, I traveled around the world, I saw many things.
here is what happened to me: I was in New York for a concert
at the airport I saw some people watching on the TV screens .. Images from Syria
People had their hands tied behind their backs and other people pounding over
When I saw that scene tears came to my eyes.
INTRODUCING KARAM AND THE MEDIA ACTIVISTS
My name is Karam Al Halabi I work for Halab News since its foundation, at the
beginning of the Revolution.
I work as a photo and video-reporter, I produced very strong images for Halab
News. Halab News is the most important channel in Free Aleppo, and the most
It is made of 50 media-activists on Aleppo and its surroundings our job, as a
network is to transfer the events to the international community and to the
local community in Syria. All the events connected to war and other side events.
It is a very dangerous job because we work on the places of the classe and of
Many accidents happen, also with the civilians it occurs to be attacked also by
them at the same time when the bombings come from helicopters, planes or mortars
we also follow the operations led by armed civilians and by the Free Syrian
We try to make a complete coverage of the events. Ten of us, from Halab News,
were injured some were injured slightly, others reported serious injuries and
MIG BOMBING SCENE
Karam and other media activists arrives by car on a bombing site ... minutes after
Karam talks about the role of media activists
As an independent news network, we are all connected by a relationship of
brotherhood it is not just a professional relation. We never have problems among
us, before being media-activists we are all rebels.
Our commitment in the Revolution has evolved in Information we all are into the
same tunnel, among the rebels there are no differences there is a good
relationship with all the other media-activist inside and outside [Halab News].
INTRODUCING MOHAMMED KURDI
My name is Mohammed Kurdi I work as a media-activist before I used to work in
the relief what I see everyday in Alepp is the bombing with explosive barrels
everyday blood, massacres, children destroyed schools and mosques bombardments
every day and all the world is silent.
In the past, when a barrel was dropped people used to cry, to protest, while
now, even if a member of the family dies, a brother, a father or a mother people
just remain shocked, but they don’t do anything even bombardments became a
routine, because the bombardments just don’t stop. As a consequence, if in the
past we were enthusiast to do this job, now, to the eyes of the world the Syrian
war is not a primary issue anymore.
Now, all the misdeeds of the Regime are shown, but as I told you it is not
finding a solution to this conflict, standing between us and this dictatorship
that is killing us.
UNEXPLODED BARREL SCENE
Day life continues normally while poeple pass near a crater made by an uneploded
barrel ... this is Aleppo
DESTROYED HOUSE SCENE
One of the media activists stops by a destroyed house to speak with the owner
who is the last one of his family to still live there ... among the ruins of what
once was his home. The man is waiting for someone fron the Local council to
rebuild his house. People are fleeing from Aleppo
ALEPPO LOCAL COUNCIL
We are now at the main entrance of the Aleppo Local Council it is made of two
parts this first part is for the local administration it is an important part of
the Local Council it takes care of the city sanitation electricity water The
Local Council started its activity in March last year  there has been
elections the first cycle of this council lasted six months then it was extended
for three more months, for a whole of nine months then we called for the second
elections it has been the first attempt in Free Aleppo proper elections, without
any influence of the Syrian Regime as it was in the past.
The first democratic attempt and the first democratically-elected group is in
Engineer Taji Hassan
In free Aleppo there used to be 2.300.000 people, but now, after the
bombardments rate increased in the last four months, the inhabitants left are
between 700.000 and 800.000.
Here Abdulrahman gives the milk for the babies
OUTSIDE THE RELIEF CENTER SCENE
Karam and other people joke with a woman out of the relief center ... we talk
about chicken nuggets and dinner invitations
INTRODUCING MUNSHED AHAMAD HABOUS
Before the Revolution people used to live in a spirit of
common love among the Peoples but in this love, there was a sort of fear One was
afraid of the other‚ that guy is from Mukhabarat‚that man is a spy of the
Government‚it is true that people used to live in peace but it was an apparent
There was a lot of fear, you could get to suspect
even of your brother. If one man spoke to another, they would tell him: ”Be
careful! Here, even walls have ears!" Actually, peace was fear ... and this
happened for 40-45 years. The peace existing in Syria, was actually fear.
The meaning of Peace is in Peace itself. The meaning of Peace is in love, in
Brotherhood. Peace is that if something happens in a country one has the right
to criticize it. While here you could not say one word about
If you said even one word about the State, you didn’t know if you'd be jailed in
Reb al Khali or God knows into which other prison and if you would stay there
for 20 or 30 years. Where was Peace? There was no Peace in Syria!
But the People’s mouth were shut and appearances were saved People were
silenced. For 40-45 years in Syria, instead of Peace they have seeded Lie,
Deception, Malice, Unjustice ... whatever had been seeded ... it was corrupted, and
this is since when they took power in Syria until today.
Karam and some fighters talk about the snipers that are hiding on the other side
of the road, where there is regular Syrian army.
Karam speak about the destriction in Aleppo on the radio with some other
Abu Alhoda I see a lot of black smoke rising from Soub Sabeh Rab I cannot go
there thug I just see a lot of smoke [radio] there’s a building in town
which is burning since half an hour ... I am in Ahrash, there is nothing here.
Then maybe the smoke I see comes from the front but I see a lot of black smoke
from the buildings now I am in the old town, there is nothing here OK.
This is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Aleppo It has been destroyed by the
war with tank shells and MIG bombs of Assad that was a very ancient building
from the Ottoman period it was hit by a helicopter. Here we are close to Hanano
[neighborhood] they bombed from airplanes, tanks and other weapons.
They destroyed it all the Old City.
Here many people died 14 people died here
MUNSHED AHAMAD HABOUS PLAYS SONGS IN IS HOUSE
KARAM PLACE SCENE
Karam speaks about the sound of snipers shooting in the dark
MA'SARANIYA SCHOOL SCENE
A local man describes the situation of the neighborhood
We are now in Tahrir Al Bab in the neighborhood of Ma'sanariyah the Regime’s
Army is 700 meters far to the East and 650 meters far to the South.
The teachers of Ma'saraniya
We are the teachers of the school here in Ma'saraniya our role, as women, is to
help the children to get over this war to face the psychological problems caused
by the bombardments there is a kid who was hit by the chlorine inside the
barrels to the nose and to the eyes she’s always tearing, she is seven years
old, there is also one who is six years old. They are traumatized.
It’s a problem also when we send them home we send them home in pairs because if
they walk in bigger groups, the plains bomb them.
Two days ago two or three barrels were dropped we took them immediately inside
we were so scared, so we split them in small groups.
Yesterday a mother came, she was so worried for her children many kids are not
coming to school anymore their parents are afraid of the barrels.
We hold English and drawing classes for the drawing class, I made the children
draw trees and houses as it is normal in any other primary school but during the
class a child showed me his work:
he had painted a house, but on one side was a rocket and on the other was a MIG
he even wrote their names beside there was also a tank so I asked him:
“Honey, why are you drawing such things?” and he answered:
“this is the reality we are living now” ...” Why don’t you draw anything else?"
so I helped him to draw a flore but then over that he drew a jet fighter.
I always try to ask them: “Why are you doing that?” By now not only adults have
problems also the children suffer the situation. Even when they sleep, the
children are in anguish when they wake up in the morning when they laugh, when
The classroom is closed now they come to play sports here. We are very close to
Aleppo citadel here it’s the most dangerous area here but because we are very
close to it the snipers cannot hit our school they hit some areas farther from
here, but not here.
KID SCENE (wiht a group of kids along the streets of Aleppo)
What are you doing? ... are you making a video? My name is Jalal Al Tala'ani we
were sitting‚ we were sitting there and the barrels fell, then we ran back home.
When we got back outside, we stepped in the world of the dead.
Did anybody of your family die? No
How many people died? 15, maybe more
How many barrels?
Barrels? First one barrel and then another barrel.
At what time did it happen? ... Around 11 o’clock ... 11 am? ... Yes
Did you see serious injuries? When we got back out I saw a man, one of his eyes
had sprung out of his face.
Did you see serious injuries? mutilations?
No ... at a certain point I couldn’t stand it anymoreand I went back home
Were there any children? Yes, two of them died no, more than that, there was
also a newborn baby four kids, two from another neighborhood, and two from here
The first barrel fell, and people came to help and then they dropped the second
that’s a double sin.
Do you want to know anything else? Bashar, keep bombing! Here we are! We are not
Four of his friends died here ... do you understand?
CHILDREN OF ALEPPO SCENE - Sura Nnaba [The Tidings]
Karam meets a group of children who are playing on the street ... a little girl
sings a sura of the Koran
AIN JALUT MASACRE SCENE
A media activist speaks about what happened at the Ain Jalut school
Many horrible massacres happened here, like the one at the Ain Jalut school
young children, killed by two bombs dropped by a MIG. It was a terrible vision
of those children what was left was just a hand, or the head.
Karam and other people they walk inside the destroyed school
Look! These shoes belong to the children, look the blood the blood of the
Media activist keep on talking about the massacre
We were helping the teachers at the schoolthen, two days ago it happened, April
the 30th 2014 they were organizing an exhibition of the students drawings they
wanted to show the reality they are living in through drawings that were
inspired by their life there were very meaningful works we were happy to
document the exhibition and to portrait the works the drawings represented the
war we are now living some works depicted two flags, one of the Free Army and
the other of the Regime.
We agreed to go to do the reportage the day after, we woke up at 8 am, we set up
the cameras then, before going out, we heard a blast we said: “Let’s hope for
the best!” ... we took a taxi to Al Ansaari to Ain Jalut school. When we arrived
at the school we got shattered, there was blood everywhere, we were Petrified,
the nightmare that the children had drawn had turned into reality.
They finished coloring their drawings with the blood. The world do not see how
did they die they killed just children they massacred just children as in the
Hula massacre, this is another bloodshed another bloodbath, here in Ain Jalut
to tell is not to see ... to tell is not to see
A helicopter releases a barrel on the city ... Karam and other people reach the
place of the explosion by car. A building in the district of Hellock was
completely destroyed ... there are dead bodies and parts of bodies everywhere
A media activist speak about how he got wounded during the bombing in Hellock
(interview edited with inserts of images shot on the site of the explosion)
I rushed to Hellok ... I passed home to take the video-camera ... I parked the car
and I went to the place of the bombing while I was walking beside the hospital
not paying too much attention to it I heard some screams coming from inside so I
went to the entrance to see what was going on but before reaching the door a
barrel fell just two buildings far from me about ten meters far ....
Fortunately the barrel didn’t fall on the road it fell on a building when it
exploded, the blast hurled me inside the hospital this is why I didn’t report
any serious injury
I was only hit to the head, to the hand and some smaller wounds because I was
hit only by some smaller slivers thank God I’m still alive!
The blood was flowing strong and I couldn’t keep my eyes open. I lost the camera
in the blast then I screamed and after a while I couldn’t see anymore because of
the blood and the dust then the blood started flowing in my nose and mouth
and I couldn’t even speak anymore
I first went to Dakkak hospitalbut it was already full of injured from the
Hellok attack in the neighborhood two civil hospital were hit, plus a bakery and
More than 50 people died at least those who could be identified for many others
it was impossible. They are martyrs.
The hospitals were full of casualties. In the end I found a hospital, far away
from the bombing area not to disturb the near ones, they had to care about worse
cases than mine
Karama speaks about the Hellock bombing
A horrible massacre. They could not identify the bodies It’s tremendous. We
never had such a war, in Siria‚ it is a war‚ between Good and Evil ... Inshallah
the Rebels will win.
IN THE STREET WITH RAMI ZIEN SCENE
Actually we can’t see a future because‚ it became our life, our daily life is to
do this job. I mean it’s not [just] job anymore, because‚ we do nothing but this
job. It’s our daily life, this is what we do: photographing and transferring the
So I don’t think of the future now, I just think of what will happen next,
what’s waiting for me. I don’t expect my future, I expect what’s going to happen
it’s driving me and I’m not driving it.
Are you afraid to die?
No, not really, because it became a usual thing especially here in Aleppo. It’s
only yesterday more than 50 people killed in only one street and today it’s
rising to 60 and maybe it’s going to 100 with 200 or 300 injured in only one
It has became a usual thing to die but, to be honest, I am more afraid of
[being] injured more than to die
Karam speaks about the planned and never made photo exhibition
We had decided to do a photo exhibition on behalf of Halab News and also of
The exhibition would have involved all the media-activists working in Aleppo we
wanted to expose the photos in a building in Old Aleppo to show people’s
suffering and the reality of the Syrian war.
The exhibition tells more than one story and each photograph is loaded of
meaning there’s a relationship that connects the photographer to each of his
pictures. It’s a link of passion and work, when a photographer sees one of his
photos exposed he is fulfilled because he sees the people appreciating his work
so that they can understand the suffering that he encounters doing his job.
Unfortunately we could not realize the project we will wait for this wave of
bombardments to end. God willing.
Inside a car Karam sits next to the driver while the car passes through the
rubble of Aleppo. Begin to sing a rebel song ...
“A winding road and no way out
we all have a heavy heart, we cannot bear this anymore,
Where is the revolution and where are the news on it?
everywhere there is injustice and oppression
oh my cousin, oh brother
your situation is like mine
add to boil water for tea I'll tell you how I am
Say things in the face, openly
people do not see
that the hearts of the people to be reconciled
and that the revolution once again be our ideal
Where is the revolution and where are the news on it?
everywhere there is injustice and arrogance”