Imagine living each day wondering if it is going to be your last, dreading that you might not witness another sunrise. Imagine posting something online knowing that it might well be your final message to the world. What would your final words be?

As we sit happily amidst all our luxuries and complain about the various inconveniences that hamper our daily life, the residents of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, have been bidding their final farewells. In the middle of all the bombings and shootings that are part of the ongoing civil war, these Syrians weren’t sure if they’ll survive until tomorrow.    

After more than half a decade of strife, the war is finally drawing to a close as Russia has brokered a ceasefire agreement between Syria and Turkey. The war may have ended, but the rubble of destructed buildings and human bodies continue to remind us of its ugly face as President Bashar Al Assad’s forces took full control of Aleppo.

Over the last few days, Russian airstrikes had been continuously bombarding Aleppo to help the Syrian army reclaim the city. And during all this, the civilians are trapped inside their homes, counting their last breaths and posting their final messages.

In the middle of relentless bombings and gunfire, people have tweeted desperate goodbye messages, asking the international community to stand with Aleppo. Some of these videos are downright heartbreaking:

“This may be my last video. More than 50,000 civilians who rebelled against the dictator al-Assad are threatened with field executions or are dying under bombing,” Lina Shamy, an activist in eastern Aleppo, said in a video shared on Twitter.

“Please, go to the embassies and block the way. Go to the UN headquarters and block the way. Please, don’t let them sleep. Do it, do it, do it, do that now. There is no minute to spare. Please, please, stand with Aleppo,” said Ashkar in a video.

“This could be my final appeal … everybody that can send a message to his government, to his country … ask him to stop the aggression, stop the killing, stop the war,” Al-Nasser said in a video that he tweeted.

Even the end of a war doesn’t bring any celebration.