Alum Lama Alghanem P’06 is a Syrian-American who is very proud of her roots. During her time at Global Youth Village, she took the Middle Eastern Music workshop and is now on her way to dentistry school.
The recent bloodshed and violence in Syria is heartbreaking for Lama and for many around the world who empathize with the Syrian people.
Today, an agreement between the Syrian government and was finally reached to ensure safety for peace observers between the U.N. and the Syrian government. However, the situation remains quite fragile. Lama shares her poignant thoughts on the dire situation in Syria.
“The situation in my homeland is certainly complicated. There are many critical questions still in the midst of debate. For instance, is it primarily an internal issue or is it an external influence? Is it secular or is it religious? Is it for democracy, power, or self-interest? As a Syrian-American, it is difficult for me to obtain accurate information on the situation in Syria to help answer these questions.
However, while the arguments continue, it’s time for the people to realize that although one person may believe the color of the stars on the Syrian flag should be red, while another says they should be green—the color of bloodshed is one. I believe that there needs to be more coordination and support for Syrian civilians through providing humanitarian aid. Also, the most influential powers should come to their humanitarian senses and help to repair the damage that’s been done, improve the conditions that the people are living in, and alleviate the pain and fear that humanity sees each day not knowing whether they will see the sun rise tomorrow.
This is what some of my family in Syria is experiencing… more than twenty million of them. I care equally for people experiencing similar hardship in all other countries and I can tell you one thing they all agree on. Every human being deserves the right to live in safety and peace. Destroying, killing, and occupying are not going to solve anything. So as a Syrian-American and GYV alumni, I would like to conclude by saying that the Syrian people are one, and the only thing we ask for is safety and peace for all.”