Speak Up for Syrian Children is a campaign launched by a group of Syrian activists, to tell the agonizing stories of children and their suffering. The campaign started through three Facebook pages in Arabic, English and French, with the aim of turning these stories into the voice of consciousness in a world watching carelessly as the tyrant and its army continue murdering up to 12 children each day.

On November 20, 2013, coinciding with Children's Day, the group started an event entitled I'll tell the story of a Syrian child that wasn't told before. The event seeks to document and derive history from the eyes of Syrian children, either in refugee camps or under siegeThe event that was created and has been active on Facebook, based its work on three main areas: writing, photography and interviews. The participants would document the tale of a Syrian child, inside or outside Syria, hungry, detained or martyred, attached to a picture that underlines his/her daily suffering, and an audio or video taped interview, allowing children to narrate their past, present situation and dreams for the future.

A guideline brochure on how to participate in the event. Source: Speak Up's Facebook page
A guideline brochure on how to participate in the event. Source: Speak Up's Facebook page
The public did interact with these suggestions and started publishing what they've witnessed regarding the issue. Hiam Omar wrote on the event's page “Samar is a 13-year-old girl, as beautiful as a blooming flower. in October 2013, a missile from a treacherous aircraft killed both her and her father.” Someone else tells the story of two girls from Damascus: “Sarah and Ifnan are best friends and neighbors. They spent their whole 10 years of life together, playing, laughing and driving us mad with their noise. A year ago they left their small neighborhood and now each one lives in a different country. So they both created a Facebook account to keep in touch, they keep talking about how badly they miss each other, and Syria.”

But probably the movie that tells the story of martyr “Ghiath Matar” and his son is the most agonizing. Matar was killed under torture by Syrian security forces two months before his son was born and they've never met except in the film. Matar's will, nevertheless, remains to his son and all the children of Syria: “Remember me when you celebrate the fall of the regime and the liberation of Syria. Remember me each time you plant a Jasmine, add a block to a building or stare at the future of Syria in children's eyes. But mostly remember that I gave away my whole life for that moment of victory.”


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