The Boy Who Stood Up to Syrian Injustice – NYTimes.com

How one boy chose to stood up to Assad, the Syrian dictator–a tale from Nicholas Kristof, NYT columnist:

Muhammad, now part of the growing Syrian refugee diaspora in Jordan, still weighs less than 100 pounds and looks like a shy middle schooler. It’s hard to imagine him confronting a playground bully, let alone the nation’s tyrant.

Maybe the story of these children’s courage can help build spine in world leaders, who for two and a half years have largely averted their eyes from the humanitarian catastrophe that is Syria. The agreement on chemical weapons may be a genuine step forward, but it does not seem particularly relevant to Syrians suffering from more banal methods of mass murder.

via The Boy Who Stood Up to Syrian Injustice – NYTimes.com.

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5 thoughts on “The Boy Who Stood Up to Syrian Injustice – NYTimes.com

  1. sarahlakee says:

    When I first began paying attention to current events, i was disgusted by the Syrian government having used chemical weapons against its own people. After reading this article and supplemental reading, I am shocked by the violence in Syria. Assad’s army has been committing mass murder and continues to do so. The Syrian conflict is not resolved and will not be until the atrocities halt. One third of all Syrians are displaced and the United Nations provides that every seventeen seconds a Syrian flees the country for asylum. I would like to deny the gruesome things happening all of the time in various places in the world. It is a scary and even overwhelming because it would be impossible for our government to intervene and bring justice and peace everywhere. This class has opened my eyes and changed the way I value our nation. I am very grateful for the life I live in America, not only for the amenities that i have but also, more importantly, for the safety and freedom that this government provides and will always protect.

  2. kttoolson says:

    I think the immediate reaction to this article is shock, at least that was mine. In America, we have this outrage towards the people who are homeless and in gangs in the cities and all of the social issues that we face. It;s ignorant to ignore the problems that we have because they are real, but to look at the relative situation is mind-blowing. I was watching Mary-Kate and Ashley at the age of 12, and this young boy was being tortured about information. If we have the power to do something about this, whether it’s a singular attack by the United States, or a collective offense by the United Nations, it needs to happen. No longer can we ignore what is happening around us.

  3. I had heard that many more people were being killed by other means than the amounts killed by sarin gas, but I was so skeptical of who might take power after if we take the current government out that I wasn’t sure that we should be involved. After reading this, I do sympathize more for the common people who might not necessarily be on either side. NGOs do try to education people in developing countries on their rights, hoping they will stand up for themselves, so it does seem awful to not support them when they do. I like that at the end, suggestions for help are given, such as providing food and education to the refugees. I still don’t really think that our military should be involved in the war, but I do think we could do that much to help.

  4. oliviaronna says:

    I remember a few years ago, Barbara Walters interviewed Assad, and he said that only crazy people/leaders would kill their own people. Well Assad, way to go dude. Reading this article, and several like it, I felt super angry at those responsible for the torturing of innocent people, let alone children. In America, we cannot even begin to comprehend the things that go on in Syria-we read about them and see pictures of the atrocities, but the average American can’t know what it feels like to be tortured and live in constant fear of attacks like the ones in Syria. Personally, I hope that we do not get involved militarily in Syria-I just do not think that that would be an effective way to help the country. However, we cannot just sit here and do nothing-we can donate items and help the refugees start new lives.

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