“There will always be someone who will risk their life to help a friend”
Mona (not her real name) is an Observer in Homs.
The fighting is still going on – it never really stops. The number of security forces and soldiers in the city is constantly growing. Before each big raid more of them come – the tanks, the soldiers, they never go away.
Early this morning, explosions could be heard booming all over Homs and the walls of my home were shaking. I rarely leave my home to go out, but today I had to. My dad accompanied me, and it was so dangerous. There was smoke and fire everywhere.
The video of the man being shot while trying to help his friend is horrible, but these types of incidents, or sometimes worse, happen everyday. Security forces and soldiers willingly open fire on people here for a number of reasons – those who are loyal to Assad and are a part of his regime are afraid of losing power, and others pull the trigger because they believe whatever the media tells them to.
Despite this, there will always be someone who will risk their life to help a friend, like in the video. We are all one family here. I know neighbours who will give all their food to someone in need, and sleep without having eaten themselves.
We are not afraid. Even though the attacks against us have got worse and we are unarmed, I’ll bet you that tonight people will hit the streets and protest some more. After 40 years of being repressed, what else is there to be afraid of?”