Why There is so Much Apathy About Syria?


To be a Syrian now is a sinister curse. A Syrian is an outcast, a suspected stranger and a wild freak. I understand that a number of people in the world do sympathize and don’t understand why nothing is done to stop this genocide, but more citizens of this “human family” think that not understanding what is going on, or confining what used to be a legitimate movement for demanding freedoms and dignity to a civil war – aka uncontrolled violence – is a perfect excuse to turn a cold shoulder to a tragedy that one day will prove to be more massive than the humble numbers and facts published by UN.

But the major ordeal is not just ignoring Syria, it is the actions committed against Syrians everywhere on different levels, starting from denying them jobs and scholarships, exploiting their needs, and not ending with not being ashamed of showing us hatred and disgust. For reasons I am still trying to understand, Syrians are mass punished inside and outside our country.

Syrian refugees are exploited in many areas, their need for the minimum to survive is a recipe for making them work in terrible conditions and salaries. Even child labor and marriage left unmonitored and unpunished. In neighboring countries, graduate Syrians are more desired to work in companies as they will be easier to control. Countries receiving refugees are encouraged to make laws organize these refugees’ stay and work, especially when Syrian refugees numbers are over 1 million.

Most Syrians face hardships for obtaining a visa to the majority of countries around the world. Not just visas for living, working or studying purposes, I am talking here about tourist visas! One of my friends wasn’t able to get a tourist visa to Sri Lanka because she is a Syrian. With respect, but Sri Lanka is not exactly top listed by Syrian refugees to resort to. Any Syrian will feel a burden each time he/she applies for a visa. Many Syrians are losing their chances and opportunities because of this. This treatment will only make more Syrians try to get a foreign passport just to make their lives more easier, especially when their are millions displaced and refugees that will need to move on with their lives in others parts of the world. As the world becomes more and more globalized it seems to me a little absurd to ban a place on part of world citizens.

The UN deliver aid to Syria by giving it to the Syrian regime, by this, instead of being neutral, the UN chose a side participating in the massacre, the side that used Chemical Weapons against civilians instead of securing humanitarian passages were trusted by UN to distribute aid in the areas it is erasing from the face of earth. This was marked by a few.

When a number of protests recently organized to support Gaza in several countries in Latin America, Syrians opposing Assad regime were prevented from participating in these protests because the organizers believed that Syrians opposing their criminal tyranny are a group of terrorism supporters and they have no legitimate cause. People who are crying on the victims of one genocide but not the other can hardly be called humans, and they are either hypocrites or ideological fools. On the other hand, and again: what is terrorism? A group of insane men seek pleasure in grotesque killing and imposing their ways; but what about the leaked thousands of pictures from Assad prisons of people savagely tortured and starved to death? Thousands of innocents. What about the Hezbollah and Iranian insane thugs coming with weird ideology to our lands to impose their ways? For some reason this is less highlighted than the first insane group.

The list goes on and on about how many Syrians are treated, in particular neighboring countries.

Finally, I am posting a talk here by Barry Andrews on apathy toward Syria. Reading some comments I realized that some people are so messed up by politics that they can’t feel anymore.

Syrians are not getting enough empathy from the world as if they were less humans.

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