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The cat man of Aleppo

From Daily Mail
By Simon Tomlinson for MailOnline
Published: 03:06 EST, 26 September 2014 | Updated: 06:55 EST, 26 September 2014

As civil war rages around him, ambulance driver spends his savings on feeding orphaned pets

  • Alaa spends £2.50 a day on meat to feed around 150 strays near his home
  • His neighbourhood has been deserted after shelling by pro-Assad forces 

When he’s not treating casualties of the Syrian civil war, ambulance driver Alaa still finds the time and energy to help the lesser-known victims of the conflict.

For he has started his own one-man charitable enterprise by feeding scores of cats that have been orphaned as a result of the war.

Alaa spends around $4 (£2.50) of his savings each day on meat to feed around 150 strays in Masaken Hanano, a neigbourhood in Aleppo.

Ambulance driver Alaa feeds dozens of stray cats in his neighbourhood of Masaken Hanano in Aleppo

Selfless: Alaa spends around $4 (£2.50) of his savings each day on meat to feed around 150 strays
Dozens of cats have been orphaned or abandoned as a result of shelling by pro-Assad forces during the war

The district has been almost entirely abandoned because of shelling from forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad as they attempt to wrest back control from rebels.

Alaa says he has been feeding and taking care of the cats for over two months.

Aleppo, the country’s largest city, has been at the centre of some of the fiercest fighting since a major rebel offensive in July 2012.

It is thought at least half of the city’s population has been displaced as a result of the four-year conflict.

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2 responses to “The cat man of Aleppo

  1. EDEV 2014-09-29 at 3:55 am

    grand! Tsa’ arba allee chaim! where can we donate to this carer of God’s children?


    • angelforisrael 2014-09-29 at 8:52 am

      Unfortunately I don’t know where one could donate – but this man will be blessed by God for his kindness.


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