- A father of six describes how his children live amid war
- Some cry, some laugh, one doesn't understand the concept of natural death
This commentary was written by a man who lives in the Shaar district of Aleppo with his wife and six children. It was written with the help of Aleppo journalist Mahmud Abdur-Rahman and has been translated from Arabic and edited for clarity. The family fled the fighting and privations of war in 2012, first to the north and then the west of the country, but could not escape the violence and so returned to the ruins of Aleppo where they continue to face grave danger and hardship. The views expressed in this commentary are solely his.
(CNN)I try very hard to explain to my kids, especially those who were born after the war began, what is going on around them, but it's not easy.