Syria: The Struggle for Justice and Freedom
Presented by American Islamic Congress
October 3, 2012
As the Syrian revolution enters its 17th month of struggle, AIC is excited to bring to Boston two activists to share their stories of courage and their hopes for the future of their nation. First, we will hear from Ousama Nassar, an activist from Daryya in the suburbs of Damascus. Undeterred after arrest and the harrassment of his family, Ousama has continued on, founding an organization that promotes a doctrine of nonviolence, transforming Daryya into the example of how nonviolent resistance is still possible in the Syrian uprising. He has refused to leave his country or give up this fight, and he will join us via Skype to address the less well-known nonviolent activities of the Syrian revolution and explain the consequences of the Daryya massacre.
Our second speaker will be Yaman Al Qadri, a young woman who was studying medicine at Damascus University when the revolution began. At only 19, five months after the start of the revolution, she was the first female student arrested at the university because of her activism. The committee of the revolution named a day of protests asking for her freedom and she was eventually released, but was dismissed from the university. Yaman now lives in Canada and will join us to share the story of her arrest as well as discuss the role of students and women in the revolution.
We hope you will join us on October 3rd at 6:30pm at the AIC Center on Newbury Street to hear from these courageous individuals. This event is free and open to the public.