Michelle: a Paramedic for the Revolution from Aleppo

Michelle: a Paramedic for the Revolution from Aleppo
Investigations | 05 Dec 2013

Rebal al-Zein - Aleppo While treating a wounded extremist at the medical point where he volunteers, the patient said to Michele,upon realizing who he was, "you are a Christian! You should be killed!" Yet, Michel does not care what would happen to him since he was already aware of the Syrian regime dirty tactic: creating and deepening a sectarian divide to destroy the revolution from within. "Bishops and parish priests advised us strongly not to take sides because our religion after all is one of peace, but some of them supported the revolution as the father Paolo, who was expelled later from Syria," Michel maintains that the regime managed to spread fear within the Christian communities making them believe that the revolution is just a "Salafi and Wahhabi" war against minorities in Syria. Michele believes that this false propaganda prompted some of these minorities to support and defend the regime. Michelle told us that extremists have attempted to kidnap him from the medical point several times. In addition, his parents are persuading him to leave the country and go to the UK because he holds a British citizenship as well, their pressure has intensified following the death of his fiancée who was working with him. Yet, he adamantly refuses to leave Syria. Michelle dreams of a future democratic, just, free and non-sectarian Syria, one similar to the sixties Syria. Michele refers to an incident in Al-Jdeedeh; a predominantly Christian neighbourhood in Aleppo. They were praying inside the church then clashes began in the area and a Christian family was caught in the middle, then a fighter from Jabhat al-Nusra helped evacuate them out of the danger zone.


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