Follow Us

Follow on Twitter    Follow on Facebook    YouTube Channel    Vimeo Channel    Tumblr    SoundCloud Channel    iPhone App    iPhone App

East Aleppo Graffiti: Messages for Asad and the City

[Image by @ObaydahAmer via Twitter] [Image by @ObaydahAmer via Twitter]

[The following compilation and translations was created by Osha al-Mussalami and published on on 15 December 2016]







“One day we will return.” This is just one of the messages that have been left behind on the walls by the Syrians being evacuated out of the besieged city of Aleppo.


With convoys of ambulances and buses carrying out the evacuation, images have emerged on social media showing the farewell messages Syrians are leaving behind.

“We'll come back.”

Some left messages of hope that one day they will return back to their homes.

[Translation: (Tweet) We'll come back #Aleppo, we'll come flower for the needy. (Photo) We'll come back home]


While others left more defiant messages.



Other messages likened Aleppo to a mother, and simply bid farewell.

[Translation: Goodbye mum.]

[Translation: (Tweet) We will return one day. When we grow up #Aleppo. (Photo) We will return one day.]


One Syrian graffitied a love note from besieged Aleppo to his girlfriend in Turkey.


Zouhir al-Shimale, a journalist in the city, said Syrian government buses had arrived in his area in the early hours of Thursday and were loading injured civilians on to them. Hours later, state TV said many had left rebel-held areas. 

If you prefer, email your comments to


Popular Now: The United Nations and Palestine: Biased?


The 1967 Defeat and the Conditions of the Now: A Roundtable