When Pierre Le Corf arrived in Aleppo, the city which suffered catastrophic damage during the occupation by jihadists, he set up the association "We Are Superheroes", aimed at helping Syrian people to survive during the long war.
"There were times when terrorists were only 500 meters away from my home and I heard them shouting 'Allahu Akbar!' before shooting from a mortar-gun. Now they are already three kilometers away. They are already not in the city center but at the entrance to the city. We are still being shot at every day. And we are still under partial siege," he told Sputnik France.
He told Sputnik that all the NGO associations that have been reporting from Syria are located on the territories which are under control of terrorists. And only two international organizations, "We Are Superheroes" and SOS Chrétiens d’Orient (Christians of the Orient) operate in the areas under the control of the Syrian government.
"Associations such as The Syria Civil Defense volunteer organization, also known as "White Helmets" have been either pursuing Salafi views from the very beginning of the conflict or have belonged to more or less radical movements," he told Sputnik.
"They are bringing more harm than good to Syria. They receive a lot of financing, but their true purpose is to continue dragging Syria into the war as it legitimizes their existence. They are the minority who keep the majority hostage," the activist said.
"Anyone will tell you, if not for the Russians and Russian jets, Aleppo would have been defeated. My backpack was always ready and at hand. We slept fully dressed and did not know what would happen next. There were airstrikes and many people died. But I see the people of Aleppo every day and they are convinced that they have been saved," he said.
Of course there are many people who are convinced that the government does not do everything well, they want reforms, he further said. But the majority of the country supports President Assad.
"When I was distributing gifts at Christmas after the liberation of Eastern Aleppo, I was very surprised that people were talking about President Assad as their savior. If the people did not support him, he would have been toppled long ago. People have been fighting for their own country," Pierre Le Corf said.
"Sanctions are more powerful weapon than bombs. They force people to leave their country not because of war, bombing or because they are not satisfied with the government they have, but because they have no future. They have no imports, the country is closed and the majority of enterprises have been moved outside, to countries such as Turkey," Le Corf concluded.