As civil war rages around him, a Syrian ambulance driver spends his free time and his savings feeding orphaned cats in his largely deserted neighborhood, which emptied out after shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad.
When he’s not treating casualties of the Syrian civil war, ambulance driver Alaa helps the forgotten furry victims of the conflict, feeding about 150 stray cats in the Masaken Hanano neighborhood of Aleppo who’ve been orphaned or abandoned as a result of the war.
It is estimated that half the population of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, has been displaced during the four years long, and sadly ongoing, conflict. The city has suffered greatly since a major rebel offensive begun in July 2012.
As though things were not bad enough for the city’s remaining inhabitants, ISIS militants are gathering outside the city’s perimeter and the US has commenced airstrikes against the militants.
Amid the fighting and the disruption of a normal daily life, Alaa daily feeds the many cats who now depend on his generosity and dedication. The cats’ benefactor spends the equivalent of $4 per day on meat for the animals and says he had been feeding them for more than two months.