American Syrians - Women Syria Revolution News from an American Perspective in English BlogEngine.NET en-US AmericanSyrians American Syrians 0.000000 0.000000 60,000 have been murdered <p>As the two year anniversary of the Syrian revolution approaches, well over 60,000 Syrians have been killed at the hands of their very own government. A government that is supposed to be protecting them. Meanwhile, the entirety of the world watches, debates, discusses, and doesn't decide on anything.</p> <p>Women, young and old, are being systematically raped. Children are being tortured, brutalized, and killed. Men of all ages are being detained, tortured, raped, poked, proded, and dismembered. No one is safe from this brutal regime.</p> <p>As the second year anniversary approaches, we pray that this nightmare ends soon. We pray that world leaders will stop hitching their wagons to the Assad train. We pray that wisdom, justice, and humanity will prevail.&nbsp;</p> <p>It's time to start rebuilding Syria.</p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 19:45:00 -0700 Obama Rape Syria Torture Women Mohammed 63 No doubts: Perpetrators of Houla massacre were Assad's military forces <p>Assad's spin machine is attempting to blame the Houla Massacre on the freedom-loving demonstrators, but eye witness acounts from children survivors of the Houla Massacre have surfaced, including video interviews on Youtube, describing Assad's military and para-military forces as the perpetrators of the Houla Massacre. An older female survivor tells the same story of Assad's military going home to home and killing everything in sight. The two children survived by playing dead. The female child that survived was connected to a chest tube and stabbed in the chest as she gave her Youtube interview. The little boy that survived smeared blood on himself and played dead.&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>The story unfolds at 3am. After continued shelling of the Houla district of Homs, Assad's military pulls up in front of a string of about 8 homes. They enter the first home, where the little boy child witness lived, and asked his mother about three males. She said she had no idea where they were. They shot her and his sister. They proceeded to rampage through the home killing everyone in sight. They fired at the little boy and missed, he covered himself in blood and laid down and played dead. They raided the home stealing televisions and computers.</p> <p></p> <p>The boy eventually ran away to a relatives house, where the same military officers arrived and replayed the same scenario again. The boy ran off and escaped.</p> <p>When the little boy was asked, who were these men, what were they wearing. He was confused as to why they were asking him these questions and said that he knows exactly who they were and described them very clearly with their facial hair and military uniforms. He said they arrived in tanks and personnel carriers and that they were the Syrian army and "Shabiha". The Shabiha are Assad's para-military shadow forces that run amuck and operate with complete impunity.</p> <p>In other homes, when they found the male they were looking for, they tied up all of the children, many of them under 10 months old, and forced their father to watch them brutally slaughter each one of them, one by one. Some children were shot in the head and had their brain blown out. Some had their heads bashed with hammers. Some had their throats slit and their eyes carved out of their sockets. The father was forced to watch. Over 50 children were massacred in this way with their parents forced to watch.&nbsp;</p> <p>In other homes, the women were tied up and sodomized with weapons and various household objects, while the family was forced to watch. Then they were shot multiple times. Then finally, they would kill the males they were looking for.&nbsp;</p> <p>Their approach is systematic and calculated. Very similar to what happened in Hama in 1982, when Assad's father ordered a similar crackdown. History is repeating itself and the entire world is watching but continues to remain silent.</p> Mon, 28 May 2012 12:13:00 -0700 Massacre Rape Torture Women Mohammed 59 Friend tells story of wife thrown off balcony -- "don't send condolences, call a congressman" <p>A friend of a friend sent the following message a couple weeks ago to spread to fellow Syrians in America (I've removed names to protect anybody involved): Family says to call congress and the president, not to send condolences.</p> <p></p> <p>Yesterday, my uncle wife was found outside of her apartment, thrown out of the kitchen window, her body shattered eight stories below. My mom's brother has always been a thorn in the Syrian government's side. He is a past leader of the Democratic Party there, and used to host Western dignitaries such as U.S. Senator Paul Simon of Illinois when they visited. His two best friends, strong advocates of democratic reform in Syria were "put in a Toyota" last week. This is code for "they were hauled off by the government and will never be seen again." It is very strongly suspected that the government had come for my uncle, didn't find him, found resistance from his wife, and then killed her.</p> <p>Afraid of government retaliation, my uncle did not announce the death - he took his wife 's body to Mu'athamia (the small town in which he grew up) and buried her next to his mother, and held no funeral. In fact, when he came upon the body of his wife, he was returning from another funeral, and funerals have become risky business in Syria, because Syrian snipers have been firing directly on funeral-goers. I tell you this to illustrate the magnitude of what is happening in Syria.</p> <p>I would kindly request that you don't send condolences. Instead, please take the same amount of time and call a Senator and/or Congressman and tell them very simply that the American government must condemn Bashar Assad in the strongest terms. &nbsp;You might think that these calls don't mean anything but believe me - they do. Thanks in advance for a taking a moment to effectuate change in the name of a wonderful woman and a wonderful wife who was senselessly killed because her husband was an advocate of freedom and liberty. May God keep you and your families safe.</p> <p>Use <a href="" target="_blank"></a> to quickly contact your representatives and the president. See our <a href="" target="_blank">quick messages</a> post to find a quick form letter to send them.</p> Fri, 03 Jun 2011 14:21:00 -0700 Syria Torture Women Zaid 41 Women protesting in Syria despite arrests and torture <p>'The regime has been rattled'. A human rights activist and lawyer describes the situation in Syria&nbsp;<a title="Video will start automatically on this page" href="">Link to this video</a></p> <p>They came for the men first, as the security forces of&nbsp;<a title="More from on Syria" href="">Syria</a>'s President<a title="More from on Bashar Al-Assad" href="">Bashar al-Assad</a>&nbsp;killed, beat and arrested people protesting against his regime.</p> <p>Next, they came for the women of Syria's revolution. Despite the threats, however, they refuse to be silenced.</p> <p></p> <p>As the violence has become worse, women activists have organised a Friday protest of Free Women showing solidarity with those seized or killed. Women-only protests in towns across the country have led the effort to let the outside world know what is happening in Syria. But they are now being targeted as well, with the same lethal brutality.</p> <p>Two weeks ago three women were shot dead at an all-women march near the besieged city of Banias. A week later human rights activist Catherine al-Talli, 32, was detained in the Barzeh district of Damascus after being forced off a minibus when it was stopped at a checkpoint by the secret police.</p> <p>Others, such as Razan Zeitouneh, whose husband has been arrested, have been forced into hiding as evidence emerges that the regime is targeting relatives of those it is seeking to arrest.</p> <p>Yesterday it was Zeitouneh who reported that the final death toll for the latest crackdown on Friday protests by the regime had been 30. Twelve were reported dead in Ma'aret al-Nu'man, south of Syria's second city Aleppo, after tanks entered the town earlier in the day to disperse protesters; 11 in the central city of Homs and seven in Deraa, Latakia, the Damascus suburbs and Hama.</p> <p>"Reem" &ndash; we have changed her name to protect her family &ndash; spoke to the&nbsp;Observer&nbsp;from Syria last week. Aged 22, she is expecting her first child in the next few weeks. Her husband, an anti-regime activist, has been arrested twice and is now in detention. Her father was invited to a meeting with a senior member of the regime and detained afterwards.</p> <p>Reem has been arrested once. In common with activist friends, she expects a knock on her door from the security forces at any moment. She is still ready to risk prison by talking about the murderous repression in her country.</p> <p>"I have women friends who have been arrested like me," she said. "But then they just go out again to protest. One of my friends was arrested for collecting medical supplies for the people in Deraa. She was beaten at the security branch and they forced her to take off her headscarf. She was held for two weeks and released two days ago.</p> <p>"She is very enthusiastic and active. She is getting ready to protest again. The only thing that is keeping me at home right now is that I'm expecting a baby in two weeks."</p> <p>For now, Reem has to content herself with reporting what she has seen and what she knows, which is dangerous enough in a country where the international media are largely banned. "If you tell the truth," she said, "there is a big chance of arrest. You risk being beaten and being treated with no dignity."</p> <p>That treatment was described last week by Dorothy Parvaz, an al-Jazeera journalist who was arrested by the Syrians in Damascus and encountered a number of terrified young women in the security barracks where she was held. Upon her release, Parvaz described how two of the young women she met had simply been plucked off the street for no apparent reason. "One had been there for eight days when I met her," wrote Parvaz last week. "And she looked ill. The food we were given three times a day &ndash; fetid, random and at times rotting &ndash; mostly had the effect of making her vomit, but she was too hungry to stop eating ."</p> <p>Reem has an explanation for the detention of these young women. "They have been arresting anyone with a phone they see in the streets," she said. "They do not want anyone to take pictures, to tell the world what is happening."</p> <p>Reem describes seeing one young woman being dragged by security forces into a shop at a demonstration. "We saw a young girl and some security men in civilian clothes. They grabbed her by the head and dragged her off, calling her a traitor. She said: 'I'm not a traitor!' They pulled her into a shop and we tried to reach her, but they shut the door on us and then took her somewhere else.</p> <p>"Women have played a really important role since the first protests in March &ndash; non-violent activists like myself and the mothers and sisters of prisoners of conscience."</p> <p>And the part women are playing has become ever more important. "In some areas," says Ameera, a human rights lawyer, "so many of the men have been killed, arrested or injured it is the women who have been left to protest. The biggest problem is trying to find the people who have disappeared. The security forces won't say where they are, and the families are afraid to speak out."</p> <p>For some &ndash; like Ameera &ndash; the threat has succeeded in persuading them to stay at home. She now feels unable to protest. "It feels like you are waiting for your turn to be arrested. I am expecting to be arrested at any moment. I am not scared for myself, but I am afraid for my family."</p> <p>Read more at:</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> Sat, 21 May 2011 11:44:00 -0700 Syria Torture Women Mohammed 68