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Watching Aleppo Fall

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CREDIT: Rob Rogers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/Universal Uclick

Syria has been mired in civil war for more than five years, with rebel groups trying to topple the nation’s dictator, President Bashar al-Assad. Last week, Syrian government troops advanced in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, attacking civilians and causing thousands of them to flee the city. Military support from Russia, led by President Vladimir Putin, was key to Assad’s successful assault. Some young Syrians trapped in the besieged city have posted messages on social media asking for help and criticizing Western countries, including the U.S., for not doing more to help Syrian civilians. 


  1. Who are the people in the cartoon? How do you know?
  2. What do the three bombs falling toward them represent?
  3. What does the woman say worries her most? Why do you think she has this concern?
  4. What point is the cartoonist trying to make? Do you agree or disagree with his point?
  5. Do you think the world has done enough to help Syrian civilians? What, if anything, do you think should be done? Explain.

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