Friday, August 5, 2011

Thank God it's Friday?

Today is Friday. The day almost every person looks forward to the most because it's the end of the week and it means the weekend is here. It is the most joyous day for most but for the people in Syria, it is the most dangerous day of their lives.

Every Friday, a Syrian leaves for Friday prayer at the mosque, not knowing if they will be returning home later that evening. Today, as every Friday for the past few months, violence struck in another Syrian city. According to CNN, protesters took the streets after Friday prayer to demonstrate against the regime. Military forces, once again, shelled and bombed the city, causing many casualties. At least 2,000 people have died since the protests against the government began nearly five months ago, according to CNN reports.

What baffles me is how one man with a little bit of power manages to massacre so many innocent people when the whole world is watching? We are literally sitting here and hearing about these murders and not doing one thing about it. Just because the country is not allowing news journalists to enter the country and the reports coming out are not confirmed, does not mean the violence is not happening.

The mind set most people have is, "Well, there's nothing I can do about it." Just because Anderson Cooper cannot get into the country and bring you live reports from Syria to your television to make you believe that something is happening does not mean there is absolutely nothing you can do. All you have to do is use a skill that you are already a pro in: social networking.

During your daily Facebook stalking time, take a couple minute to share a link about the violence occuring in Syria. The first step towards accomplishing anything is spreading awareness. There are many ignorant people out there that have no clue as to what is happening around the world today. Your one link can do all the difference as to open someone's eyes. As tweet about how you are enjoying a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, take literally five seconds and retweet someone's tweet about Syria. You don't even have to come up with your own tweet (although that would be even better!). Just retweet. It's just one click that can make all the difference.

The more people are aware, the more pressure the Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad, will feel to resign. If we raise our voices, even our governement will hear and pressurize other countries to support in pressurizing Assad to step down. A little pressure can go a long way; I think we all can contest to that.

I will always be praying for the people of Syria and I hope that their strength and stamina does not fade even with all the violence and torture.

Now go on and continue with your normal Friday activities. I hope I did not make your excitement die down a little because that was not at all my intention. Just do me a favor and retweet or Facebook share anything to raise awareness about Syria before you head out to your party tonight. :)

Have a wonderful weekend, folks.


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