Your Freedom Is Our Eid campaign

25 September 2013

During the time of Eid al-Adha, one of the most important Muslim celebrations, a group of activists who had been formerly detained in the Syrian regime’s prisons, launched a campaign called “Your Freedom Is Our Eid”.

Thus, they stood in solidarity with other activists and all prisoners of conscience who are still behind bars, sending a powerful message to the regime. As one of the activists said to Syria Untold:

“We want to remind the regime that we haven’t forgotten about our prisoners and their suffering. We will not have peace of mind until they are all here with us”

"Your Freedom Is Our Eid" was launched on the first day of Eid through social networks and online channels. Many websites and news outlets most took part in the campaign and contributed sharing banners and hashtags, to reach as many people as possible. The campaign engaged people both from inside Syria and other countries in the world. Activist Bahraa Hijazi wrote on his facebook page:

"Detainees, martyrs, your blood is a bridge between prison and freedom. Eid is at the end of this bridge."

Others posted the name of their detained brothers, sisters, children or friends name, to keep their memories alive.

The campaign also aimed to give detainees moral support, sending them the message "that Eid has no joy without them."

Despite the suffocating siege Syrians face in areas under regime control, Syrians from all over the country contributed to the campaign, singing revolutionary songs, holding banners and lighting candles in demonstrations such as the silent protest in Hama. This campaign, along with many others, remind everyone following the Syrian conflict that civil activism and peaceful resistance are still alive, and that many Syrians are determined to continue to struggle for their freedom.


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Illustation by Dima Nechawi Graphic Design by Hesham Asaad