I Urge you Not to Lose Faith in Humanity

‘Arab Apocalypse’ by Dr. Pamela Chrabieh
Ink and Acrylic on Canvas, 2015

My name is Kalima [my nickname, for security reasons] and I am Syrian. I left my country two years ago, following the massacre of my mother, father, brother, uncle and grand-parents. I was fortunate enough to be rescued and to be able to escape to Europe via Turkey, but many others weren’t.

I have been trying to learn a new language and work to survive, but the wound is too deep to heal. It opens every time I think of my family, my country, my people and the devastation of the region, including Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Yemen and Lebanon. So many lives were lost. So many women, men and children are suffering.

When I saw the pictures of Aylan (3 years old) and Galip (5 years old) Kurdi, I couldn’t stop crying for hours. I won’t be pointing fingers at a particular regime or State or faction. People are caught in this hell because of a collective and worldwide responsibility. Aylan and Galip have become symbols of the war in Syria and the refugee crisis in Europe, but they are not the only ones and they won’t be the last ones to pay the heavy price of the loss of humanity. Yes, the loss of humanity! Instead of people all over the world demanding the end of wars, and a sustainable peace, they – with few exceptions – would only deal with certain consequences.

Crimes are committed every day before our eyes. A continuous carnage… As a Syrian, a survivor, a woman, a human being, I urge you to save the human species from the apocalypse, I urge you to reconsider your individual and governmental priorities. I urge you to choose freedom, justice, life… I urge you not to deny my – and so many others’ – humanity, but embrace it. I urge you not to lose faith in humanity. If we each take responsibility in shifting our thoughts and behavior, we could trigger the type of change that is necessary to end wars.

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  1. Courage Malika! Notre humanite est a la derive mais je garde l’espoir.
    My heart goes to all who are suffering and those who lost their lives in these bloody wars.

  2. It must have been so hard for you and still is. Keep on having faith. I know i do, while struggling for peace in my neighborhood and village.

  3. A ceux qui pensent que les réfugiés viennent nous prendre notre travail et notre argent… Ils ne viennent rien nous prendre, ils fuient. C’est une question de survie. Quand ils montent dans une embarcation au risque de leur vie et de celle de leurs enfants (de leurs enfants !!!), c’est bien que cette vie qu’ils laissent derrière eux est pire que le risque de mourir. Et derrière eux, c’est un pays, des racines, des ancêtres, une culture. Tout laisser avec en plus, le risque d’y laisser sa peau ? Ils ne viennent rien nous prendre, ils fuient. Il fuient l’horreur des pays en guerre. A quelle occasion feriez-vous prendre à votre propre enfant le risque de mourir en fuyant, si ce n’est pour fuir l’horreur ? Comment pourrions-nous leur reprocher de vouloir fuir l’horreur ?
    Via agnes-ledig

  4. Take care Kalima and keep on raising your voice. I wish you all the courage for a long and painful healing process.

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