Student 'English Language and Literature'
"My family lived in a nearby village in the countryside. I often spent my free time over there, so I had to travel a lot between the province and the city of Aleppo. I had a wonderful childhood with fond memories of my childhood and the city. Syria was a modern country and especially Aleppo was very modern. Until Al Assad started bombing everything after the revolution. I studied at the University of Aleppo 'English Language and Literature'. Aleppo University was a tolarent university where everyone could be themselves. Boys and girls were studying together. It was "open minded". I was happy and proud that I could study, but that does not mean that it was easily to find job after graduation due to the corrupted system.
In 2012 the revolution started in Aleppo because people started to ask for freedom and their rights. The Assad regime subsequently focused on the young students because they were more open minded and a large group of them protested against his regime.
It may sound strange, but daily life goes on during the bombing. People need money to feed their children. And so people go to work (if there is), they go shopping, there get married... students go to college. Right in town there was a street where every day people had to cross to go shopping or go to work. Al Assad snipers kept the streets under visor. It is an ordinary street, but you never know if you will make it across. A kind of Russian roulette ... "