New Yorker - The river of Martyrs (4/18)

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A man (who declined to give his name for fear of reprisals) gathers metal bars and debris from the Qweiq river in Aleppo, in an effort to build a makeshift barrier that will help stop corpses from washing downstream...The "River of Martyr's" the name given to the Qweiq river that divides most of the rebel-controlled sections of Aleppo from the regime strongholds in the city was renamed earlier this year after 110 bodies washed up under a bridge. Most of them showed signs of torture and almost all of them were executed with their hands bound behind their backs. Hundreds of people claim to have missing relatives, most of whom disappeared in the regime-controlled areas of the city, as work and commerce are only found in these areas. Everyday, thousands of civilians who live in the Free Syria Army side of the city travel to the regime areas to work (or to seek employment). Dozens are shot by regime snipers while commuting to and from the government controlled areas of the city. Some do not return at all. Every morning, dozens of civilians walk down to the banks of the canal to see if there are any new bodies washing up. For some, this is their daily routine - the daily stroll to the water canal in search of the body of their missing loved ones.
A man (who declined to give his name for fear of reprisals) gathers metal bars and debris from the Qweiq river in Aleppo, in an effort to build a makeshift barrier that will help stop corpses from washing downstream...The "River of Martyr's" the name given to the Qweiq river that divides most of the rebel-controlled sections of Aleppo from the regime strongholds in the city was renamed earlier this year after 110 bodies washed up under a bridge. Most of them showed signs of torture...
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