Can I have everyone’s attention for just a moment please?
I don’t know how many of you are aware of the Syrian crisis going on- I myself only just discovered it, which is sad considering that the Ramadan Massacre has been going on since Sunday, July 31st
- Nearly five months ago (March 15th), demonstrations and rebellion began in Syria protesting Bashar Al-Assad’s regime
- This past Sunday, July 31st, Syrian troops cracked down on Hama, storming through the city and shooting down civilians.
- Around 142 people were killed all over Syria on Sunday alone, leaving corpses littering the streets and many many more are wounded and filling up the hospitals, which are running out of capacity.
“One hundred civilians were killed on Sunday in Hama by gunfire from security forces who accompanied the army as it stormed the city,” Abdel Karim Rihawi, head of the Syrian League for the Defence of Human Rights, said.”
- Syrians have been smuggling live videos of the massacre. If you’re going to watch them, I’m warning you that they are rather gruesome.
- Many countries are threatening sanctions against Syria, and President Obama has spoken out about how appalled he is by the situation.
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“People are being slaughtered like sheep while walking in the street,” said the resident, who spoke by phone on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.
“I saw with my own eyes one young boy on a motorcycle who was carrying vegetables being run over by a tank.”
He said he left Hama briefly through side roads to smuggle in food supplies.
The resident said about 250 people have been killed since Sunday.
- Hello Syria (a tumblr that’s been updating with the information)
- Track ‘Ramadan massacre’ and ‘Syria’ on tumblr
I know that there’s very little that we can do, but we are fortunately in a state where we have access to the very core of society as we know it- social networking. So please, please if you can, spread the word. Reblog this post. Add the Ramadan massacre hashtag to all of your tweets to help in the effort to get it trending. Spreading awareness is the most that many of us can do, and we can do a pretty impressive job of it, so please.
And please keep these people in your thoughts. People are dying, injured, scared; the lockdown is distancing them from communication, they’re lacking in food and water and basic supplies, so please just keep them in your thoughts.
Foreign journalists are barred from the country and telecommunications lines in Hama were cut off on Wednesday. The last report I saw estimated 24 deaths yesterday in Hama, which is seeing the worst crackdown.