Survivor/witnesses’ tell us of their harrowing ordeal the day following the massacre. They tell how their children were lured to their deaths with chips and biscuits and the 48 hours they endured on the buses. The death toll; 240 civilians, including 116 children.
We looked Zeinab al Sheikh, and the other survivors in their eyes as they told us of the loss of their families and friends. Zeinab held Vanessa’s hand for a long time. She then took one of mine and squeezed it tight in both of hers. We held eye contact, she keep a tight grip on my hand, then she bent forward and kissed me on both cheeks. I don’t know who was comforting who, or maybe it was just a moment of understanding between mothers. Her bravery was beyond measure and she is imprinted on my soul.
Jebrin – old man weeps as he remembers the children massacred the previous day.
One of the buses blown apart in the carnage. Photo by Gail Malone
Two of the bus drivers speak. These drivers were not present at the interview with Zeinab Sheikh and the other witnesses. They were in a completely different location to the IDPs. We came upon them by chance when we stopped to inspect the buses. These eyewitness reports corroborate one another.
Inside one of the buses. Chips and water bottles among the shattered glass. Photo by Gail Malone.
Alaa the Catman of Aleppo holding a clear bag of chips and other treats for the children at Rashideen. This scene was described by Zeinab’s in her eyewitness testimony above, see from 4.57minutes. What I’d describe as a ‘dry run’. The loss of his Ambulance after the car bomb enabled him to start another story to fleece more cash from gullible westerners.
More photos from the ‘Cat Sanctuary’ Facebook page.
Alaa was also on hand when the White Helmet’s kidnapped little Omran Daqneesh from his father. It was a photo opportunity to garner more support from gullible westerners, it worked a treat and helps fill their coffers. Later Omran’s father told the truth of the tale, but the west had moved on from the most famous face of child exploitation in a conflict fecund with child exploitation.
NB: These eyewitness reports are not being shown on the MSM.
Update: Alaa’s page’s name is now Ernesto’s Sanctuary for Cats in Syria
A big thank you to Dale Ward for her research on Alaa and subsequent ‘Cat Sanctuaries’.