Sarah Rahal

Students Organize for Syria chapter at Wayne State University hosted a stand with Aleppo emergency candlelight vigil in Campus Martius on Dec. 19.

At 6 p.m. it was 12 degrees, but a Weather Channel estimation of real feel -2, SOS wasn't going to cancel. Wind didn’t allow candles to stay lit and what started out with 15 people grew to almost 30 with passerby joining.

Speakers included SOS representatives, Tj Rogers from the Freedom House in Detroit and a poem "A letter to Humanity" written by University of Michigan graduate Besher Kashlan.

Amal Rass, a WSU sophomore and national SOS board member said the gathering to show solidarity with those in Eastern Aleppo was six years overdue.

“The Syrian people need our support, but they also need our voice. We are privileged with the freedom and democracy that thousands of Syrians are literally dying for, and we can use that to help them,” she said. “We can call and email our elected officials and ask them to support legislation that would save Syrian lives. We can also urge our legislators to bring in more refugees and help resettle more Syrians.”

WSU student Mayssa Masri, said they will continue to stand for Syria, regardless of color, religion, cultural backgrounds because “we’re all human and all equal.”

"It's been over five years that the world has watched hundreds of thousands of parents, siblings and children tortured, killed and stripped of their freedom. Freedom so many of us have and take for granted. It's been over five years that the world has watched millions of Syrians flee their war torn homes in seek of refuge, but the world turned its back on them and closed their doors to them when they needed support,” she said.

“We organized this emergency vigil tonight in solidarity with Syrians, because we cannot allow their legacies and fight for freedom to be forgotten.”

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An excellent, interesting article. An awful recent past and still a very difficult road ahead, no doubt.

But for those blaming America in all this, please stop. This is a conflict which the US has played a limited role. The US didn't start the Arab Spring, the US didn't push back on Syrian protesters in Homs, which set this thing off.

America has played a role in trying to stop isis (and yes, isis doesn't happen without US involvement in Iraq, but give some credit to local populations for being amenable to isis forming in their midst) and in a few other spots in this conflict (support of a small military player, the Free Syrian Army).

But lets credit this war to the folks primarily involved. Its quite arrogant to suggest the US had a major role in all this. We weren't that involved. Russia, on the other hand ...

Anyways, they will have to rebuild. Russia and Germany looked much worse after WWII. War is bad. Terrorism is even worse (as stated in terrorism essay). Hiroshima and Nagasaki looked really bad, Tokyo, London, Manila was destroyed by the Japanese. France and Italy looked really bad in 1946. The Marshall Plan helped Europe to rebuild. Rebuild and never forget. Mosul looks bad now, but maybe it is almost free from terrorists.

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