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Me U & Syria

8 October 2012
Published in Attualità
by Luna Brozzi

I think of Syria, I think of its people, and my heart warms. Syria holds a special place in my heart not only because I am half Syrian and it is still the place I call home, but also because of the people, the Syrians. Something that has always defined the country is the humility and the kindness of its people. As you all know, for the past 19 months people have been displaced from their homes or, even worse, lost their lives. I am not writing to discuss politics nor point fingers. I am writing to share a tiny piece of an on-going reality.
This summer I went back to Damascus and lived the civil war. Only when I was there did I understand what it meant to live the daily difficulties of war. Apart from the continuous sounds of bombings, missiles, shootings, jet fighters, helicopters and the blockades all over the city, it is the story of the people that makes it so real. My family’s 80 year old spice vendor in Souk Al-Bzuriyeh (the local spice market), living right outside of Damascus, told us how a missile had fallen into his neighbor’s house, how his nieces and nephews are traumatized, and how he is now considering moving with his extended family to Egypt. My family’s meat vendor told us that his house in the suburbs of Damascus had been bombed and was now completely destroyed. He told us that to transport lamb from Adra (a city in the outskirts of the capital) to Damascus, drivers had increased their price from 1,500 Syrian pounds to 15,000 Syrian pounds (€17 – €172, $22 – $220). The 24-year-old son of a neighbor’s friend was at the wrong place at the wrong time and it cost him his life. The Italian nuns running the Italian hospital in Damascus told us how schools and mosques were full of Syrians that had lost their homes, their jobs, their family members… Considering that a high percentage of the population lives on a day-to-day basis and that meat is eaten if all goes well once a month, the current situation has only worsened the daily lives of the people. The stories are infinite and are happening as I write, and as you read.
What defines Syrians is their endurance. No matter the stories, the pains, the sacrifices, every Syrian would always say the same thing after sharing his or her story “Alhamdullilah, Alhmadullilah” which translates to “Thanks to God.” They are thankful that things did not go worse. They are hopeful that things will improve. And above all, they are still ready to always give a helping hand to those who are in need.
I would like to help my fellow Syrians, I would like them to know that even if our governments are not taking direct action, we as people support them, and that they should not feel alone. I know that there are thousands of other problems in the world but this one hits home and means a lot to me. I have a simple idea but it can only succeed with Your Help. During the month of October give up an aperitivo, an outing to a cinema, a sandwich, a coffee… basically give up ONE delight and donate that money to help a Syrian family. For example, if 1000 of us each put 5€, with 5000€ we could buy 6,000 kg of rice – if we gave 2 kgs per family that would feed 3000 families!
At the beginning of November I will transfer the money you donate to my parents, who have decided to stay in Damascus, and they will buy basic necessities such as rice, tea, sugar, oil and hand it out to internally displaced families in Damascus. No money will be wasted, it will all go directly to the Syrian families in need and you will receive feedback (an email with numbers and pictures) on what was done.

How can you donate? Easy.

1. Copy & paste into your browser the following link: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=R9LZFCKUZ9GMU

2. Insert how much you want to donate, click on update total

3. if u dont have a paypal account, at the bottom of the page you will find the following:

Don’t have a PayPal account?
Use your credit card or bank account (where available).

4. Insert your credit card details and voilà, that is how you make a difference! ps: if you are American, search for “Stati Uniti”
You might have met me or you might have not but it does not matter just as you and I may never meet the families that will be helped. I ask you, fellow reader of The Tamarind, to donate and make a difference. Spread the word… the more, the merrier!

Last but not least, a million Thank You, Grazie, Shookran, and Merci!!!!

- A special Thanks also to The Tamarind for backing MeU&Syria –

Luna Bianca Maria Brozzi

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