September 24, 2013
Omar, 24 is an independent citizen journalist from the East Ghouta town of Saqba. He gives Nuha Shabaan an update on the blockade in place in the towns east of Damascus that prevents movement in or out, which were in place months before the chemical weapons attack on the area on August 21st.
Q: What happened with the displaced people from Ghouta? Where did they go?
A: Only a few people have left Ghouta. The regime is blockading Ghouta from all sides. No one can go out or in, only the people that live on the borders of Ghouta, which are not a lot.
Q: Can you explain more?
A: The regime is conducting a strict blockade on Ghouta from north to south and from east to west. It is very hard to the people to leave and there are regime forces waiting outside.
Q: What do you think is the solution?
A: If the regime fires another group of missiles on us, we will be finished. The FSA is waiting for help from the United Nations to evacuate the civilians at some point, though we don’t put a lot of hope in them. They might prefer to leave us like this. The FSA cannot make a military move right now, as it might cost more civilians their lives. We ask the world to save us from a massacre that may happen in any time.