The Syrian Crisis

Viewpoint from a Syrian in Lebanon whose family is still in Holms

On March 23, 2012, a Syrian man named Hussein was walking by the Sea Port in Lebanon with a sad look on his face. His heart was somewhere else. His face showed the pain and loneliness and troubles he is facing. I asked him, “Are you from Lebanon or Syria?”. He said he is from the city of Homs in Syria. He has been in Lebanon working for about 10 years sending money to his family in Syria; he has a wife named Dallia in Homs, Syria; and he had four children; but one child was killed in the recent shellings and violence in Homs, Syria. Hussein wanted to call his wife by cell phone, but the phone lines to Syria are busy recently: too much cell phone activity to Syria perhaps. And Hussein said that right now the authorities have closed the Syrian-Lebanon border so people can’t leave Syria (he was thinking about his wife and children in Syria who are desperate and need food and necessities).
The sad look on Hussein’s face told the whole story. There has been violence and bloodshed in his home town of Homs, Syria; and he is worried about his wife and children; and he is grieving the loss of one child. His youngest child is an infant, and the second youngest child is two years old. I gather that the recently killed child was one of his older children. There is nothing more disheartening than to see the grief of a mourning parent who remembers a child that was killed in Syria from the ongoing violence of the Assad regime. Hussein was concerned because he needs to find more work so he can send about $20 a day to feed his wife and family in Syria. I said: “Allah, mneih (God is good)”; “we will pray”. Hussein indicated that he is Muslim and he prays five times a day. No matter what religion one is: Muslim, Christian, etc., the world needs to pray for the hurt individuals who have suffered from the violence in Syria that has taken place for more than a year with thousands of Syrian people killed.
There is a ray of hope for Hussein from Homs, Syria, and for the Syrian people because on March 22, 2012, the U.N. Security Council has united to back the Kofi Annan peace plan which calls for an end to the violence in Syria. The measures of Kofi Annan’s peace plan for Syria calls for a cease-fire and emergency aid agency access to Syria.
Syrian President Bashar Assad has been combating an uprising within his country, and the bloodshed has shattered many lives in Syria. U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, along with the international community are appalled at the Syrian bloodshed and demand a lasting peace otherwise be ready to face increasing pressure and isolation. European Union governments are ready to disallow Bashar Assad’s wife, Asma, any further travel to the European Union or be able to buy from EU-based shops. It is dismaying that Asma has spent tens of thousands of dollars on Internet shopping sprees while Syria is suffering bloodshed, violence, and Syrian people are descending into poverty.
Western countries including the U.S. believe that Iran is shipping weapons to Syria, weapons that are being used to kill the Syrian people. Nevertheless, Syria and Iran deny arms deals. In astonishing and appalling figures, it is estimated that about 8,000 people have died over the year long conflict in Syria under the Bashar Assad regime.
The Daily Star. (2012). World unites on Annan Syrian plan. Print Version. Mar. 22, 2012.