Voices for Syria

Failure to act in Syria could lead to disaster By Waleed Brinjikji

Many believed that the strong moving winds of the Arab Spring would quietly subside before reaching Syria. The Hama massacre of 1982, where the father of the current leader killed at least 10,000 innocent civilians is etched into the conscience of the Syrian people — a reminder of the regime’s brutality. However, the yearning for freedom was overwhelming. And so were the costs. Read more…

Finding my Syrian-American Identity By: Hajar Abdul-Rahim

My father always said, “You don’t understand the price of freedom.” But I do know I understand the price of being robbed of my right to grow up around grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. I know the price of growing up nation-less. The price of having no national identity. The cost of not knowing who I am or where I am from. Read more…

A Glimpse of One Girl’s Syria  By: Salma N. Abdulhady

“Not in a million years,” I answered my Egyptian friend, when she told me Syria is next immediately after the ouster of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. “You don’t know our government,” I told her, “they are ruthless and they are willing to kill millions of innocent people to stay in power.” I lived in Damascus for eighteen years, and on the surface, everything was normal. Read more…

Remember February 1982 & Be Aware in 2012 By: Noor Haydar 

We’re a forgetful people. In my religion, God tells us this. He also tells us that the successful are those who remember. History is as near to us as what happened last week, and we are unable to understand events because their contexts are so far removed from our own today. The world changes so rapidly with every minute, and we know about these changes in real time. What I want to share with you is relevant to today, yesterday and especially tomorrow. Read more…

We Must Intervene in Syria By: Anonymous 

The revolution in Syria was not expected. The people of Syria had life plans for that day, the week, the future. And now it’s all suspended, hanging in the wait, for things to get worse, or to get better. It’s been a children’s battle all along. Read more…