One resident of Inshaat in Homs spent six days in a basement sheltering from regime bombardment. He spoke out about the experience.
“On Monday morning I woke up to horrific sounds of explosions. The bombing continued amid shrieks of horror and crying babies. Many people were killed.
“Our main struggle was with the scarcity of food and water. We also lacked electricity and means of communication.
“All the houses here have been stormed and robbed. At night I was frequently shot at.”
Maher is a resident in the town of Daraya.
“Daraya is known for its peaceful demonstrations,” he told Socialist Worker. “Protesters would hold roses and chant for freedom.
“Some young activists were arrested while trying to offer roses to soldiers and security personnel.
“But the distinctive peaceful nature of protests in Daraya didn’t spare it from the severe crackdown.
“People are getting arrested simply for trying to deliver medicines from one place to another.
“Three people were killed on two separate occasions. All they were doing was trying to offer first aid to injured people.
“Peaceful protests continue in the form of demonstrations and strikes. But armed action is on the rise as well.”
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