Tuesday 13 December 2016

People of Aleppo hold whip round for Southern Rail passengers

Aleppo whip round for Southern rail commuters

The beleaguered citizens of war-torn Aleppo last reached out to passengers of the strike-bound railway company, Southern Rail, by having a whip-round among residents in a rebel-held enclave.

A ruin-to-ruin collection has raised over two hundred pounds for the wretched commuters who are grimly facing the first day of a 48-hour driver’s strike.

The money raised will be used to buy them hot drinks and magazines which will be distributed to people at the worst hit stations.

The man behind the humanitarian move, Ahmed Al Nafisi, a 35-year-old carpenter, said last night, “I thought things were pretty grim when I lost the wife and kids to a Russian airstrike last week, but when I read about what these poor devils are having to go through I knew I had to do something.

“I know it’s not much, but you have to bear in mind that a lot of us are dead or lying wounded in hospital. I just hope that in some small way we can help ease their terrible suffering.”

We spoke to one grateful commuter at East Croydon station early this morning, who told us, “God bless the people of Aleppo for their kindness and humanity.

“Thanks to their selflessness, I’ve had a cup of Bovril and a copy of Home and Garden given to me by an aid worker, and when you’re facing a 4-hour wait for the next train to London Bridge it’s a real life-saver.

“I don’t wish to sound ungrateful, but maybe they could pick me up a copy of Top Gear magazine for tomorrow?”

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