A 75 year old Syrian Christian lady from Hama, works with my friend’s home as a cook. Apart from the fact that she makes amazing Syrian food, my friend has employed her to support her financially. Not sure how she came here(as I have not interrogated her), but I know my friend worked hard to get her husband from Syria. The old man was served two deportation orders failing to obtain asylum until about six months ago, the Canadians accepted his application after he was diagnosed with lung cancer. The gentleman is going through treatment now here in Canada.
My friend is also working to get her widowed daughter, with two sons 21 and 22 years old who are stuck in Syria. Her daughter’s husband had died in Syria 3 years ago from some medical ailment, failing to get treatment. My friend is working through a nearby mosque she attends to raise funds to call the family as privately sponsored refugees.
Each time I meet her and inquire about her daughter and sons, she has only sad stories to share, of their struggle back home. According to her is no employment, no school and no medical care available where they live currently.
The dedication with which she cooks in my friends house is touching, knowing how hard it is for her own close kin back home.
In my endeavor to look for how Syrians at home and abroad are coping with the conflict, I have been referred to some very creative Syrians who are expressing their pain and agony through various artforms. This only bears witness to the amazing intellect in the Syrian nation, caught in a filthy regional hegemony war.
Nizar Ali Badr a stone sculptor from #Latakia, #Syria now residing in Turkey makes stones sculptures telling #Syrian story of torture, war and refugees.
Simple assembly of stones speak of the complex emotions, which words would fail to convey at times.
In his words: “I love dust and stones from.Syria. My message is a humanitarian message.”
Some of his works that portray peace and love are also extremely pleasing.
They say miracles do happen and stones do speak. May these powerful stony expressions somehow turn into prayers for peace in Syria.