The Unheard Writers of the Syrian Revolution

My name is Amer. Amer, an Arabic name, means “prosperous”, “full of life”, and “one that lives a long and prosperous life”. I was brought into this world in 1991 by a loving mother and father, who wished that my life would be long and full of good fortune like theirs. As I knelt upon their deathbeds, I promised I would continue their legacy – then war struck. This is my account of these dark times.

Seven long years have passed, yet not much has changed. People continue to fight on the battlefield, firing their guns at each other with no purpose, only to harm. Many soldiers’ jobs have become meaningless, whose tasks lead to endless killing and suffering as neither side has any intention of ending the war. Innocent civilians continue to die helplessly to airstrikes, bombs, and chemical weapons used by the ruthless government. The regime has not been reformed as the rebels would like it to be, and Assad still holds power. His stubborn defenses and unchanging ways refuse to give way.

Some significant turning points have led to some changes in the Syrian Revolution. It started as a civil uprising, with peaceful protests and no violence. However, in the span of just four months, an opposition army had been formed and insurgent soldiers began to fight back. They were no longer afraid of their ex-dictator. He no longer had full power and no one was safe. The war had reached its critical point in December of 2013 when Assad first used chemical weapons, which were prohibited by the United Nations. Our president began to oppose the world. As the years went on, the fighting had not changed much, but more and more soldiers from different origins began to take part in the conflict. Two worldwide superpowers, the United States of America and Russia, had deployed their own troops into the chaos. Although these historic times were notable in the development of the war, countless days, months, years of fighting resulted in almost nothing, only death. Without change, the conflict will go on, until someone is brave enough to do something.

 

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A World-Changing Conflict of the Present: The Syrian Civil War

What comes to your mind when you think of civil war? One may think of the Civil War of the United States and how the North defeated the South with their justice. However, even the “honorable” and “noble” freedom fighters committed horrible crimes during the period of war. War will change people, and the Syrian war is no different.

Wars have not happened just in Syria. The Arab Spring is a revolutionary wave that influenced the Middle East and North Africa. Some of the more major events have happened in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Iraq, Sudan, and Bahrain. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, and some are still on the battlefield fighting for change.

The biggest and most significant battlefield is without a doubt Syria. In this once-peaceful country, an ongoing 7-year conflict has claimed the lives of over 400,000 people; some soldiers, many innocents. The fifteen boys that had been arrested on the 6th of March did not expect such a catastrophic uprising against their own government. Although they knew their regime was brutal, they did not know that it would be so unforgiving, and they certainly did not know that their own people would be as remorseless as their leaders.

This conflict may end as soon as tomorrow, or as late as in 200 years. The number of different fighters of the war with different beliefs and different objectives has made the struggle hard to resolve, with outside countries complicating the situation even further by taking their own sides. A large number of people around the world know of this situation, but few have any idea to put an end to the war. All I have to say is that we must do something before it is too late.