is a translation by Costantino Ceoldo of an article by the well known Italian
war correspondent Gian Micalessin reporting from the scene on the latest
attrocity committed against Syrian civilians by the Western-armed and supported
mercenaries sent to destabilize Syria and throw the counry into chaos, like
Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Yeman. These attrocities are seldom mentioned in the
Western media and when they are, they are falsely blamed on Assad and Russia.
Gian Micalessin on Slaughterhouse Damascus
Damascus, Syria. Ahmad beats his fist on his chest,
shows me the sweatshirt covered with dark spots. “You see it? You see it? This
is the blood of my nephew. He was coming home from school, he stopped to buy a
gift for Mother’s Day (in Syria celebrated on March 21) and that missile cut
him in two. I ran into the street, I took him in his arms, but he was already
We are in Kashkoul, the popular neighborhood on the
eastern outskirts of Damascus, the scene of the bloodiest massacre of civilians
in recent weeks. A massacre killed the lives of 44 women, men and children. A
massacre carried out by the West’s mercenaries in Ghouta, killers that Europe
for years has portrayed as the only victims of the Syrian conflict, forgetting
and ignoring the dead and wounded in Damascus and other areas attacked by those
hired to overthrow the Syrian government.
Nevertheless, this time ignoring the fallen of
Kashkoul would be too much for the bad conscience of those who from 2011 to
today has deliberately taken the parts of the jihadist groups hoping for the
fall of President Bashar al Assad. The butcher is certainly not Assad. The
massacre was committed by those who too often and with too much superficiality
have been described as bearers of freedom and democracy.
“Here the Western supported killers brought only
death and destruction. To me they kidnapped and killed a child and now look
what they did… here there are no soldiers, here there are no men of Bashar al
Assad, here there are only poor people like me… but they do not care – a woman
howls – they on the eve of Mother’s Day, one of the most heartfelt parties here
in Syria, they have launched a missile in a market crowded with children. They
are not simply terrorists, they are inhuman creatures”.
Garand was also among the children who were killed
by the missile. He was eight years old, he was a Christian and he arrived in
Syria with his mother to escape from the war that tears South Sudan. His broken
little body now rests in a white coffin placed in front of the altar of the
church of the Memorial of Saint Paul.
The Christian convent built to commemorate the
conversion of St. Paul is less than two kilometers from the site of the
massacre. Father Fazi Azad, a Franciscan who arrived from the church in the
Kashkoul district recites Mass, looks at the white coffin suspended in an aisle
crowded by the dark and troubled faces of the Sudanese Christian community.
“He was only eight years old and was the youngest
of six siblings. He was our altar boy, he came to church every Sunday.
Yesterday he was coming home from school when that missile mowed him. I knew
his mother well. He had decided to take him here with his brothers to keep them
safe. He dreamed of growing them away from the war that tears their country and
makes Christians a persecuted people. Instead, war and persecution chased that
poor child up to here”.
Mother Yole Girges, a nun from the province of
Idlib who has been subjected for years to the wills and nefarious things of the
Islamist rebels, looks at that little coffin and barely holds back tears. “Poor
creature, he was an innocent child. What fault did he have to be killed like
this? Surely none, but to the West it does not matter. For them, children’s
life matters nothing. For them there is nothing sacred. I only hope that in the
face of so much pain, in the face of so much cruelty, the world and Europe
finally realize how many mistakes they have committed with other people’s