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Please remember us: These SOS tweets from Aleppo will break your heart

The past month has even seen countless SOS tweets and people live-tweeting the terrifying chaos that has engulfed the city.

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Last call from Aleppo.

“My wife told me tonight ‘Why don’t they kill us once. Why do they kill us every minute’. People are dying psychologically and physically.” This was a tweet from Mr_Alhamdo, whose Twitter bio says he is a ‘teacher, activist and a reporter from inside Aleppo’. Day after day, news reports emanating from the Syrian city present gut-wrenching stories of a war-torn country, and such dark tweets from people have been a window into the emotional side to the refugee crisis plaguing the region.

Between the number of people dying, the number of blasts, the number of times firing and encounters have been lodged, the real stories of people, or rather those crucial numbers get lost. Over the last 24 hours, a ceasefire had been reached to allow surviving residents to vacate the city, but a Reuters report claims that the evacuation that was supposed to have started at dawn has been delayed until Thursday, with an opposition official blaming Shi’ite militias allied to President Bashar al-Assad for the hold-up.

While there are conflicting comments from the Syrian army and other officials regarding the ground reality, the social media platform Twitter has emerged as a space for Syrians themselves to express their feelings, alarm and experiences. The past month has even seen countless SOS tweets and people live-tweeting the terrifying chaos that has engulfed the city.

The most recent one that has gone viral is a Periscope video from Mr_Alhamdo, who shared a harrowing “last call” as government forces took control of Aleppo.

 

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Others have also tweeted similar heart-wrenching messages of people trapped in the city.

 

The mother of seven-year-old Bana have been live tweeting from East Aleppo.

 

Responding to these tweets, tweeple have been showing support by using hashtags such as #StandWithAleppo and #Aleppo, in a bid to show the Syrian residents that their pain is being heard.

 

But then, these tweets unfortunately don’t stop the atrocities.