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"We are all orphans": survivor in Syria

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - 01:20

June 3 - As Syrians vote in wartime election set to extend President Assad's rule, opponents say no credible vote is possible amid a civil war. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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In rebel-controlled parts of Syria there are no election posters or voting stations. Towns in Aleppo province are portraits of destruction . Conversation is filled with anger and loss. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) 15-YEAR-OLD BOMB VICTIM MOHAMMED SAYING: "These are traces of Assad's bombing; military air strikes." Norway's TV2 visited the province in the days leading up to the election. This man was out when a bomb hit. It killed 17 people. He survived but lost nearly his entire family. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) BOMB VICTIM AHMED SAWADI, 60, SAYING: "There is nothing here, only families. We are all orphans. Everyone is civilian. Nothing else is left at all." He speaks of the likely re-election of President Bashar al-Assad with contempt. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) BOMB VICTIM AHMED SAWADI, 60, SAYING: "As to the election, how can a president wish to rule while he kills his people with air planes, rockets and tanks? " There are signs of normalcy. Food is still cooked along a market street. Storefronts offer basic necessities. But there is no escape from the losses. Survivors are marked by the war facing a future with few prospects for peace.

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"We are all orphans": survivor in Syria

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - 01:20