Dying with sound
By: Lamees Shamieh
With a death toll surpassing 38,000, the concept of the Syrian “Civil” War is bound to have made it to your eyes, heart, or mind in some way. Nearly two years have passed since the suppressed voices finally unleashed into the air of an oppressed nation, an inhumane dictator, and an appropriately ruthless system. Voices that had finally mustered the confidence, that had finally grasped the fact that something should and could be done united to be heard.
This simple concept of free speech is one we too often take for granted. The concept of criticizing political figures is never looked down upon, but rather, somewhat promoted. The concept of publicizing painful realities is legal unless it’s slanderous or untrue; we see it as necessary to establish truth, awareness, and most importantly, solutions.
It is merely a given for the American. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are deemed rights, not privileges; needs, not wants.
They are. They are human rights. Dehumanization is, in essence, the result of right deprivation, hence the horrific condition of the Syrian people. The country has split into two groups: pro-Government citizens and freedom-fighting citizens. Fueled with blind patriotism, dominance, and of course, the government’s back, the pro-Government (or pro-Bashar) citizens have been using force to halt protest, killing off the smallest sense of government opposition, literally.
Homes have been destructed. Schools, if not demolished, have closed to meet the needs of refugees. Families have been shattered, torn apart, terrorized. Children have been slaughtered, abused, and tortured for the wicked sake of being tortured. Hundreds of women and girls have raped by armed military gangs. All in the name of the government…
They’ve vocalized their fears, their pleas, their pains, and the world has heard. Silenced by loftiness and a cowardly fear of entanglement, the world has become numb to the suffering of the Syrian people. Stubbornly huddled together in midst of a peaceful protest, a group of Syrian children hold signs reading: “We’re sorry if our cries disturb your ears. We’ll try to die without sound.”