Village of Akko becomes a bastion of resistance – part 2

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 2:53:09 by

Two girls come to beg for some water. For a week, the taps have been dry and there is no water supply in the village. Fadi, whose house has a large cistern that contains more water than the family consumes. However, his father fumes. “The who village will
come to us soon, and we will be left with no drop.”

The town of Akko depends for its water supply from the pumping station of Jebel Ahmar, a remote village, about 12 km away. Fadi says that it is the people of Alawites who have cut off the water supply.

It is not water that’s experiencing shortage, power cuts are becoming common and lengthy. Gas has become scarce and prices have soared.

“For months, we have been doomed to cook with wood. Three months ago, there used to be tall pines here,” says a native pointing to the bare plains of Jebel.

Fadi says that he never had the soul of a fighter which is why he did not join the fighters. However, the youngster has a lot of respect for the fighters.

The revolution is about young people. They fight against the established order in which their parents are accommodated. This morning, his older brother arrived in Latakia with his wife and three daughters. However, the reunion brings his brother no joy as
he still fears for his family’s lives because of his brothers.

“Abu Walif is a deserter. Moreover, he is a captain in ASL. And Abu Usama joined ASL too. The authorities will learn sooner or later.” The only option he has is to give up all his possessions, his job and take refuge in Turkey.


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