Aleppo, the city that has survived two years of Assad’s barrel bombs, is now being brought to its knees by thirst. But this time, the direct culprit is not the regime.
Activists have pointed the finger at radical Islamist opposition militias, specifically al-Nusra Front—an al-Qaeda-linked group that has attempted to impose its own Islamic interpretation on Syrians under the guise of the revolution— that are in control of Aleppo’s main water pumping station. They are accused of refusing to allow water to be pumped to the city as a way of putting pressure on regime-controlled areas with utter disregard to the unfolding humanitarian disaster in the town.
What happens to your Syrian identity now that you are living in a new country? How is your identity affected by the new country’s respective integration policies? Implicit in each of these questions is the notion of identity as a monolithic concept linked to nationality. The reality is never so simple.