Urbicide – or an Elegy for Aleppo

September 26, 2016

"It is time to define it [urbicide] more precisely as the deliberate destruction of urban life beyond anything that might be justified by military necessity as a way to erase identity and expel populations. It is also time to make it a crime," argue Robert Templer and AlHakam Shaar in a recent article about the urbicide taking place in Aleppo. Shaar and Templer predict that Aleppo will survive the current onslaught – as it has survived "centuries of disasters from earthquakes to plagues of mice, from the collapse of empires to shifts in the routes of global trade" – and that when it does states and the international community have a responsibility to help Aleppo rebuild. "We have failed to protect the Syrian people; we should not fail them again when it comes to reconstruction."

You can read the full text of the article in the August 2016 issue of TVERGASTEIN – Interdisciplinary Journal of the Environment here.