Syrian Man Brings Supplies to Children in Aleppo
Rami Adham was deeply troubled by television reports he saw about children in his former home of Aleppo, Syria.
The reports said Syrian government attacks were terrorizing the children.
He wanted to help them.
Adham now lives in Finland with his six children. He told VOA that he used money he had saved to buy toys to bring to Syria. He also gathered some of his own children's toys.
He began smuggling toys into the city in 2012. The trips were very dangerous.
The 43-year-old has traveled more than 28 times to the city he left 27 years ago. He estimates he has brought about 20,000 toys to the city.
He spent about two weeks in Aleppo in September. He brought toys donated by people throughout the world. He also brought some food and medicine.
He and other volunteers carry the goods in cloth bags on their backs. On most trips, he can bring about 80 kilograms of goods into Aleppo.
The trips to Aleppo begin with a flight from Helsinki to Turkey.
Adham then walks across the border into Syria. These crossings are illegal. Only aid workers are permitted to cross from Turkey into Syria.
He says he has faced serious threats to his life. But, people in Syria help him.
He says early this year he was trapped in a place during a bombing raid. Adham was badly wounded. Health care workers treated him at a small hospital in Aleppo. He had a broken arm and had shrapnel in his back and neck. He was later sent to Turkey for treatment.
Adham leads a non-profit group that receives toys from throughout Europe. The group also helps 400 children in Syria whose parents have died. And it operates three schools in refugee camps near Aleppo that are controlled by rebels. He says the group helps educate more than 2,000 Syrian children.
He says his group began with his friends and neighbors in Finland. It has now expanded to other cities in Finland and to other countries.
He says the Syrian civil war has killed, wounded or displaced hundreds of thousands of children.
Justin Forsyth is an official of UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund. He recently described the children of Aleppo as "trapped in a living nightmare. There are no words left to describe the suffering they are experiencing," he said.
Recently, the top UN official trying to end the civil war warned that rebel-held eastern Aleppo could be destroyed by the end of the year.
Staffan de Mistura said if Syrian and Russian airstrikes on the city continue, "thousands of Syrian civilians, not terrorists, will be killed and many of them wounded."
Experts estimate there are as many as 100,000 children among the 250,000 people trapped in rebel-held areas of Aleppo.
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1.bring to 使恢复...；带往
The trip will bring to an end years of estrangement between the two countries.
2.cloth bag 布袋
The blue cloth bag was now faded and yellowed with wear.
3.carry on 继续；参与
She was yelling and screaming and carrying on.
4.begin with 开始于
First of all, could I begin with an apology for a mistake I made last week?
1.Adham then walks across the border into Syria.
walk across 走过；穿过
If the street is busy, don't walk across.
They had to walk across an emergency footbridge, holding onto a rope that served as a rail.
2.And it operates three schools in refugee camps near Aleppo that are controlled by rebels.
refugee camps 难民营
They say they will stay to rebuild their homes rather than retreat to refugee camps.
They stay here a few hours before being sent to refugee camps, which are now almost full.
当看到电视里关于家乡阿勒颇地区的报道时，拉米·阿达姆（Rami Adham）为当地的孩子深感痛心 。
现在，阿达姆跟6个孩子居住在芬兰 。接受美国之音采访时他表示，想用自己存的钱买玩具送到叙利亚 。他还搜罗了一些自己孩子的玩具 。
2012年，他开始走私玩具到叙利亚 。走私之旅异常凶险 。
现年43岁的阿达姆先后28次返回这座已经阔别27年的城市 。他已经为阿勒颇的孩子们送去了约2万只玩具 。
9月份时，他在阿勒颇呆了两周 。他把全球爱心人士捐赠的玩具送到阿勒颇，还带来了许多食物和药品 。
他跟其他志愿者们一起背着装满物品的布袋 。在多数旅程中，他都携带着80多公斤的货物 。
然后阿达姆需要徒步穿越边界进入叙利亚 。这样入境是非法的 。只有援助人员才能从土耳其越境进入叙利亚 。
他说自己曾经命悬一线 。那时施以援手的正是叙利亚人 。
他说自己在今年年初的轰炸时遭困，伤势十分严重 。阿勒颇一家小诊所的医护人员为他治疗 。他手臂骨折，背部和颈部有弹片 。后来，他被护送到土耳其接受治疗 。
阿达姆经营了一家非营利性机构，专门接收欧洲各国捐赠的玩具 。该机构还帮助400名父母双亡的叙利亚孤儿 。同时还在叛军控制的阿勒颇难民营建了三所学校 。他说，学校已经帮2000多名叙利亚儿童接受教育 。
他说，该机构起初是在芬兰的朋友和邻居帮助下创立 。如今，该机构在芬兰其它城市和国家都有分支 。
贾斯丁·福赛斯（Justin Forsyth）是联合国儿童基金会官员 。近日，他说阿勒颇的儿童“被困在现实的噩梦中 。他们遭受的苦难已然无法用言语形容 。”
斯塔凡·德米斯图拉（Staffan de Mistura ）表示，如果叙利亚和俄罗斯继续实施空袭，“大量伤亡的不是恐怖分子而是无数的叙利亚平民 。”