Trapped Syrians Communicate With Pigeons

Activists in Homs resort to age-old method
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2012 3:14 PM CST
Syrian rebels aim during a weapons training exercise outside Idlib, Syria, Tuesday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Syrian activists have resorted to using carrier pigeons to send out messages for help. The protesters are trapped in the central city of Homs, where government forces have laid siege. With no access to telecommunications or electricity, the isolated protesters in various neighborhoods have been communicating with each other by attaching handwritten messages to pigeons' legs, reports AFP via Raw Story.

“From the activists in Old Homs (district) to those in Baba Amr, please tell us what you need in terms of supplies, medicine and food," read one of the notes. "God willing, we will deliver them to you." An answer requesting medical assistance and food arrived the same day. Anti-government Syrians also are using a more modern method of getting their message out—Google's Map Maker. Click here for that. (Read more carrier pigeons stories.)

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