ترجمها عن الانكليزية طارق أبي سمرا

في غرفة المرْكَز الضيِّقة، طلع الفجر عليهم منطرحين كجثث على حُصُرٍ متسخة، وعلى سرير معدني يميل بثقلٍ الى أحد جوانبه. أجسادهم متلاصقة، بعضهم لايزال في ثيابه منذ ليلة البارحة. إنه يوم من أيام حلب المعتادة، ولن يلبثوا أن يستيقظوا على هدير المروحيات والطائرات المغيرة لتلقي براميلها المتفجرة وقنابلها على هذا القسم من المدينة الخاضع لسيطرة الثوار، والذي سعى النظام إلى أن يحيله غباراً. غير أن هذا الصباح كان هادئاً، فواصلوا نومهم.

كان خالد حجّو، قائد فريق الدفاع المدني في حي هنانو، واقفاً خارج مكتبه المجاور للغرفة. أخذ مجّة من أولى سجائره الجيتان التي يستهلك…


This is a version of the notes that I wrote for a speech that I gave in December at the Medill School of Journalism in Chicago, on the occasion of receiving a medal for “courage” which had been renamed after James Foley, as result of a story I wrote about war crimes in Afghanistan. As you can see from the speech, I’m a little conflicted about the award, and the role of the (Western) war correspondent in general. I’m posting it here because it represents an attempt to think through these issues publicly, and I’d appreciate your thoughts as well…


http://vimeo.com/106022197

A chaotic war and a fractured opposition punishes the only people trying to save civilians

By Matthieu Aikins

In June this year, I traveled to rebel-held Aleppo, along with a photographer, Sebastiano Tomada, and Salem Rizek, our guide to report this story. Because of the threat of kidnapping by extremist and criminal groups, we were escorted from the Turkish border by members of Liwa al Tauheed, a powerful rebel group in Aleppo that is known for cooperating with Western journalists. The road, which winds through the rebel heartlands north of the city, only took a couple of hours but its last stretch was particularly tense.

Matthieu Aikins

Contributing writer, New York Times Magazine, and contributing editor, Rolling Stone.

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