Living Under the Sword of ISIS in Syria

15hisham-blog427The New York Times featured an article about the civilians who are living under the threat of ISIS. The sentiments expressed in the excerpt below are important to read and understand for anyone who chooses to make a comment about the experience of the refugees or the Syrians still living in their home state.

“…But those people living under Islamic State rule are the ones suffering the most from its brutality…

The Islamic State gives people one choice: Escape your poverty by fighting for us. The world has to offer people living under the Islamic State better choices. Stop the Assad government from bombing markets and bridges, and its Russian allies from bombing civilian infrastructure, as happened recently when a Russian airstrike reportedly hit a water main, cutting off water for the entire city.

Most of all, don’t dismiss as terrorists the citizens of occupied cities just because they were too poor to leave when the Islamic State took over. The people under this occupation present the best hope for destroying the jihadists. Without their support, the Islamic State can hardly be defeated.”

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Beirut, Also the Site of Deadly Attacks, Feels Forgotten

LEBANON-master675A necessary read from the NY Times for those who have been shaken by events of recent weeks. My mother is Lebanese and it’s a terrible thing to discount the people who constantly are affected; the quote below resonated with me significantly.

“When my people died, no country bothered to light up its landmarks in the colors of their flag,” Elie Fares, a Lebanese doctor, wrote on his blog. “When my people died, they did not send the world into mourning. Their death was but an irrelevant fleck along the international news cycle, something that happens in those parts of the world.”