Confronting Syria's regime from Chicago
Syrian-Americans and supporters stage a "die-in" demonstration at Millenium Park in downtown Chicago.
October 17th, 2012
10:08 AM ET

Confronting Syria's regime from Chicago

By Nova Safo, CNN

(CNN) – Noura Almasri, 34, had not expected to be working to aid Syrian refugees.

A little more than year ago, she had a job in corporate finance and rarely paid attention to the news. But in March, 2011, Syrians began to protest against their dictator Bashar Al-Assad, and he responded with brutal force.

Almasri, along with others in her Syrian-American community in Chicago, watched with alarm.

Over the last year and a half, they have begun to act. Almasri quit her job, and now works to aid Syrians and to offer a public voice of support for Syrian rebels.

[6:10] “I see the future as a bright future. We can rebuild our country. But we just have to get rid of Assad first.”

That’s a sentiment shared by many other Syrians, including Ahmad Faour, 22, who said he was a medical student in Syria just four months ago.

Now, far away from the violence, he wants to raise awareness about the horrors he left behind.

[5:33] “At first we expected Assad would step down in the first month. We didn’t expect the violence to happen actually. At first he got his security forces and intelligence. Then he got his army sources. No one was doing anything. No one was doing anything to help the Syrian people with getting their freedom.”

Syrian-Americans supporting the rebels say it is only a matter of time before Assad’s regime is toppled. But they want to world community to help quicken his downfall.

The conflict has left 29,000 Syrians dead, according to opposition groups.

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  1. JOhn

    Syria, the home of Hezbollah, and many other terrorist groups, why should we really care if they destroy themselves, that keeps them from trying to destroy us. We should see the thanks we are getting from Iraq and Afghanistan and Egypt as reason enough to leave them to themselves. After they have a chance at democracy the new leaders will decide they like the input of others just like the last one didn't and they will be back where they started with just different leaders doing the brutalizing. Not everyone around the world and even the US likes everyone to have freedom of speech just the people they like.

    October 18, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. fiftyfive55

    What happens in Syria should stay in Syria,we dont want it!!!

    October 18, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. VegasRage

    I'll confront Syria from Las Vegas too, I'll go out into the desert and throw rocks east.

    October 18, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. youtube proxy

    Your style is unique compared to other people I've read stuff from. Thank you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I'll just book mark this web site.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. FORREAL89


    October 17, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • LostinSLC

      How are they freeloaders or backwards?

      October 18, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. FORREAL89

    Take your backwards ways and leave the country. All you people do is complain and create terror

    October 17, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. alumette

    Seems like when people reach for the guns, they only fuel the revenge that explodes after the killings on both sides. It goes on and on until they either run out of ammunitions or die. At what point do they get confused about which sides they are on and if, in fact, there is a side ? I always wonder how they can tell what people they kill since they are all similar. Very confusing and very sad. They are simply killing each other for no reason at all. That is how I see it.

    October 17, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. alumette

    what is that rant about ? forget your meds today ?

    October 17, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hans

      Wow, this is awful. What a dickish thing to post under an article about Syrian refugees. I don't see how this is relevant in any way. Either way, ebonics is a different way of talking, yes, but its by no means linguistically inferior. It has strict rules, and just because there is a stigma attached to it doesn't mean they are any less of a person than you are.

      October 17, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. alumette

    From reading this board, I can say there is a lot of aggressive behavior which likes to blame everyone from the history of our country to the present. All I can say is: we are doing great in the US. We are not getting murdered every day by men with automatic guns , grenades or cluster bombs. We will vote for our president mostly for his second term but some will choose to vote for the other guy. We have choices, you see. So far, we have been able to practice a multitude of religions, or not to have any at all. We eat well and sleep in comfortable beds...and we talk, openly about our views, political and otherwise. See, we do not have a lot to complain about so we can be open minded about your problems and try to give you some suggestions, which you do not take very well. Your loss.

    October 17, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. trinisyrian

    YOUR country stands for CHRIST?What a hypocrit country of murderers from inception.YOUR mayflower pilgrims came with their bible AND their guns,THey helped murderer the native indians and planted tobbacco(drugs).YOUR founding fathers washington and many others WERE FREEMASONS CULTISTS.NEARLY ALL your presidents are cultists.YOUR COUNTRY ARE FULL with false religions,man enough with your RUBBISH,I can quote a lot more.....

    October 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |

      Stop trolling and talking bad about America, you piece of crap.

      October 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Farandula

      Trinis...from hell...
      America is the country of murderers? Just exactly what is the entire Middle East Islamic nations like? murderers without mercy and forgivness, only seeking wrath and taking God's law and chucking it down the drain while murdering for the sake of satan...oops sorry...Allah.

      America is the hipocrate country? What the hell ar eyou doing here then? What are you all Islamic radicals doing in a country that loves Christ and does rather well because we still worship the one true God : CHRIST.

      Don't come to this nation to insult the one true God an dthen turn around and call us murderers, first look at your religion, your ways, your lack of all, your no freedoms, and your love for hatred and then see if you are getting something out of it from the real God...coz by the looks of it....none ofyou islamic nations are doing that great because you are sided not with God but with his enemy. Satan never gives abundance or freedom, he destroys!

      So any nation that goes against anybody who worships the true God ...they will also not get so favored by the real God...thus no progress in how many nations of the M.E?????


      DO YOU SEE ANY OF THIS IN THE MIDDLE EASTERN NATIONS? count the nations in turmoil and see where is the god in them? Nowhere coz he is not there.

      October 17, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Farandula

      You truly are pathetic. Like most ......

      Do you know when was the last time that your Islamic god gave you abundance and peace?

      The way to verify if it is really God it is by counting the miracles He has done for a nation or a person.
      Yes God, the real God YWVW grants miracles and has all prophetically time lined since ancient times. Isaiah lived 2700 yrs before Christ came to earth. Isaiah spoke up to the world to verify who is the true God.

      How many miracles and healings and super abundance has most of the M.E. nations had?

      I can say this, I have seen so many miracls in my lifetime, and miracles that cannot be replicated by any human.
      But you cannot say this about any of the Islamic countries which are in dire straits, some wanting America's help, others ready to plunder it.

      don't give more help to the mIddle easter islamic nations, you people don't understand, that when their time comes they will turn around and kill you and take over a free nation.

      One who loves freedom and who has love...cannot let satan take over our families, truth and God

      Say no to lies!

      October 17, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. syrian400

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    October 17, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harmbringer

      the Truth?

      The Truth.... is a 3 edged sword.

      October 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • trinisyrian

      You all are liars AND TRAITORS the truth is you are the terrorists together with your allies europe and hypocrit AMERICA

      October 17, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • alumette

        whoa , dude....chill.....you are out of your mind.....it's people like you that kill all possibilities of peaceful TALKS ! the only way your country will survive is to TALK.....with your opponents and everyone. TALK......and put down the guns.

        October 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • FORREAL89

        you are not happy you should go back or leave the country cry baby

        October 17, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • FORREAL89


      October 17, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Fred

    So let me get this straight:

    – you start a civil war and then want to call "time out" when people get hurt

    – many of the same people who want to call for peace were the same ones who were sending arms across the Iraq border that killed our men and women, but now that it's your people dying you now want help?

    – you make a deal with islamic militants to help overthrow assad and you think once that's done these militants will just leave Syria to it's own end?

    I really wish you people well but you've put yourselves in a bad position.

    October 17, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Farandula

    "the truth that sets you free" is in the Bible and it is about "the truth THAT CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD AND THE ONLY WAY TO ETERNA LIFE".
    Refuse the truth and you will never have or see freedom in the next life.

    You can sure kill in this world, and you do it well with all that hatred for love and love for destruction. But when your turn is over and you show God Almighty that you rejected Him and prefered satan, and his ways, then you will lose total freedom (pay attention people because if you want freedom , FREEDOM DOE SNOT COME FROM SATAN and religions are from satan.
    God is not a religion nor is God mocked nor is God reached by killing anybody.

    You want freedom? drop your weapons and love your neighbor!

    The only one who promotes hatred and kililing and taking up arms in rebelry as we see the Middle East in turmoil everywhere, it is satan. And all his followrs.
    There is a reason for satan to be here, he wants to finish you! And so you are all decieved in fury and hatred the very thing that will destroy your eternal freedom.

    Enjoy then your killings! Just don't point fingers at Christ when you find yourself in hell and no way out.

    Onc eyou leave this world, once you die here, you will not have anothr chance at reaching God if you rejected Christ His Son, Christ who is GOD!

    October 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DP

    > Confronting Syria's regime from Chicago

    Moscow, Russia... mid-1980s... a local man (R) and a rare american tourist (A)...

    A: I am living in a free country... I can publicly say that our president, Reagan, is an idiot

    R: me too, bro...

    October 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • good juju

      You missed the punchline, the Russian says, yeah, I also live in a free country and can say that your president is an idiot 🙂

      October 17, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |