Clown of Aleppo killed in air strike
Syrian social worker Anas al-Basha who dressed up as a clown to cheer up children in war-torn Aleppo has reportedly died.
He was killed in a presumed government or Russian strike on the eastern Mashhad district, the Independent reported.
Anas al-Basha, 24, popularly known as the “Clown of Aleppo” was the director of Space for Hope, a charity which tries to provide services for people in opposition areas.
Al-Basha's supervisor, Samar Hijazi, said he had a way of reaching out to children.
"He would act out skits for the children to break the walls between them," she said.
Al-Basha was also a comfort to the grown-ups, she said.
"All of us in this field are exhausted, and we have to find strength to provide psychological support, and continue with our work," said Hijazi.
Al-Basha got married only two months ago.