December 16th, 2016 marked the fall of east Aleppo to the Assad dictatorship & its foreign military backers, the final weeks of a brutal military offensive against the uprising in Kashmir, & the final weeks of a genocidal offensive against the Rohingya people in Burma. There were tens of thousands of victims & incalculable suffering for Syrians, Kashmiris, Rohingya. It was a time of requiems.

It was then I received this video & an article from Umar Lateef Misgar expressing solidarity from Kashmiris with Aleppo. That solidarity from one besieged people to another is as moving now as it was then. Requiems do not signal that war, occupation, genocide have triumphed but only that they take their toll on human beings. Solidarity means the struggles continue until human rights, justice, & peace have triumphed.

Article titled “Fall of Aleppo: the Day After” by Umar Lateef Misgar: