(The Story of one of many who’re part of “Aleppo” CCO’s Adopt A Family project.
In July 2013, while attempting to escape war torn Aleppo, Siranoush’s son, Sako, was kidnapped by the Free Syrian Army. Knowing that his son is being tortured, and realizing that he is unable to pay the requested ransom, Siranoush’s husband George had a heart attack and passed away.
45 days later, Siranoush lost all hope of seeing Sako and left Syria to be reunited with her younger son, Anto, in Armenia. Not long after, community members in Aleppo raised funds and paid off Sako’s ransom. Upon his release, Sako was shocked to find out that his father was dead and his mother had left.
“I wish I had never left that torture cell”, thought Sako.
Fresh off the torture chamber, Sako could not withstand the horrors of Aleppo. “The bombs kept pouring down like rain. I used to wake up every night thinking that I was still in detention”, said Sako. “I had to leave Syria at all cost”. A few months later he made a second attempt to leave Aleppo. This time he succeeded.
In Armenia, Siranoush and her sons lived in a one-room apartment. With his father dead, and his mother and brother in a state of psychological disarray, Anto could not withstand the difficult circumstances of his home and decide to flee Armenia. His parting gift to his deprived family was a $750 phone bill. Soon after, Siranoush was admitted to the Avan psychological hospital.
Sako and Siranoush’s full story is feature in the Armenian Weekly, “45 Days in Hell: Syrian Armenians Kidnapped and Tortured by FSA”.
Housing Situation: Through the generous donation of Gabriel Chenberjyan, Aleppo Compatriotic Charitable Organization was able to include Sako and Siranoush with its Host a Family program and provide long-term (5-10 years) housing to the family.
Sako works as a construction worker for 120,000 AMD.
$200/month would cover the cost of Siranoush’s medical expenses, utility fees and provide nutrition for the family.
$100/month: would cover the cost of the family’s utility fees.