Syria's little paradise freed from the gangs: tears, kids and hugs with the Russian military (PHOTO)

Syria's little paradise freed from the gangs: tears, kids and hugs with the Russian military (PHOTO) | Русская весна

Humanitarian action was conducted in small Syrian town Zabadani, Damascus province. 

It was organized by Russian Reconciliation Center’s officers. Syria’s little paradise, friendship between Russian and Syrian choldren — everyting in exclusive report by «Russian Spring» .

Zabadani. Terse encyclopedic articles says «is a city and popular hill station in southwestern Syria in the Rif Dimashq Governorate, close to the border with Lebanon. It is located in the center of a green valley surrounded by high mountains at an elevation of around 1,100 m.». The valley was real resort and was very popular tourist destination both among Syrians from desert areas and foreigners. 

That is why it was called «l-ttle paradise».

When war broke in Syria Zabadani was occupied by «Jabhat an-Nusra»* terrorirsts. Only several years ago, in June 2017 Syrian Arab army supported by Hezbollah unit Zabadani was liberated from terrorists. Over the years of Nusra’s occupation the town was badly damaged: housing facilities, orthodox xhurxh, school were destroyed… Municipal infrastructure was completely destroyed.  

That was what met humanitarian convoy of Russian Reconciliation center. The humaniatarian action was decided to hold at Houssein Al-Addin school as it is a fire amid total chaos and destruction — children are here.

Kids sit in classes where there are holes in the walls from heavy gun fights. There are posters in the corridors teaching to distinguish anti-tank mine and landmine, they may be aftern found in recently liberated town. Echo of the war…during which by the way the schools was «Nusra’s» command point. 

«Rusiya, Rusiya!», — shouted children. The preparation at school was elaborate as the event was big for all the town’s residents. Syrian and Russian flags were unfolded, the tables were set by Oriental tradition.

After anthems were sang children showed traditional dances to the guests and were given drawngs from Russian children.

«Before the war there were about 650 puplis in the school, now they are  150 and the number is rising after our area was liberated from terrorists and islamists. Now it is safe here thatnks to Syrian Arab army, our government, Russian and Iranian friends. They helped us to retun to our houses. We started to restore the school with the help of Ministry of Education. Sure we would like to increase number od pupls to the pre-war level. Our school was militantts’ base. the destroyed all the teaching and learning aids. Now we have to restore school basicly from ruins», — school head Amina Ahmad told us. 

Meanwhile humanitarian aid distribution started. Russian military brought approx. 2 tons of relief cargo. Each food package included flour, rice, tinned meat and caster sugar. Pupils stood in line and received long-awaited food packs.

Childrens’ faces were lit  with gratitude: «Shukra’an», — told some of them. Others hugged and kissed Russian soldiers and officers. Tears blurred teachers’ eyes.

After pupils received relief aid packs they went home. They do not have electricity and water supply at homes. But what they had on the day Russian servicemen came it’s hope. Hope for future, for peaceful and quiet life whch is slowly coming to the little paradise on Syrian-Lebanese border. 


 

* terror organization banned in Russian Federation. 

Syria's little paradise freed from the gangs: tears, kids and hugs with the Russian military (PHOTO) | Русская весна
Syria's little paradise freed from the gangs: tears, kids and hugs with the Russian military (PHOTO) | Русская весна
Syria's little paradise freed from the gangs: tears, kids and hugs with the Russian military (PHOTO) | Русская весна
Syria's little paradise freed from the gangs: tears, kids and hugs with the Russian military (PHOTO) | Русская весна
Syria's little paradise freed from the gangs: tears, kids and hugs with the Russian military (PHOTO) | Русская весна
Syria's little paradise freed from the gangs: tears, kids and hugs with the Russian military (PHOTO) | Русская весна
Syria's little paradise freed from the gangs: tears, kids and hugs with the Russian military (PHOTO) | Русская весна
Syria's little paradise freed from the gangs: tears, kids and hugs with the Russian military (PHOTO) | Русская весна
Syria's little paradise freed from the gangs: tears, kids and hugs with the Russian military (PHOTO) | Русская весна
Syria's little paradise freed from the gangs: tears, kids and hugs with the Russian military (PHOTO) | Русская весна
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