The Syrian Revolution through the eyes of the youth

On the 18th of March 2011, the Syrian revolution began. Influenced by the popular movements and was part of the widespread revolutionary (Arab Spring) across the Middle East in Tunisia followed by Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and later expanded to Lebanon, Iraq, and others, albeit at varying rates.

Syrian’s frustration was a mixture of immense political oppression, economic, social deficit structures. The ruling totalitarian regimes have based enormous natural resources to squash their opponents and increase their people’s suffering, poverty, and deprivation of liberties and basic human rights.

The Syrian revolution’s remarkable landscape was not down to its widespread among the Syrian population only, but the incredible youth participation and resistance of the state violence and repression which is seen now. 

Due to their revolutionary activism and security threats by security intelligence, many had to drop off their education and become involved in the civil movement. As the Syrian regime grips on power turned into extreme violence, arbitrary arrest and indiscriminate bombing of civilized inhabited areas, people raised more devotion from their normal lifestyle to the greater future of the country and the ultimate aim of dignity, freedom, democracy.

The ninth anniversary of the Syrian uprising comes at the time of great frustration and anguish Syrian people are enduring everywhere. While the relentless brutality, mass state violence, war-crimes is dominating the media coverage, however, it overlooks how people’s beliefs of the essence of the uprising are symbolizing in their very peak refusing to reconcile with the criminal and live in destitution rather than giving up on their values of freedom and oath of overthrowing this barbaric dictatorship regime.

In fact, it boosted people to carry on resistance endeavoring to uphold their aspiration of democratic authority that upholds human rights. According to Sarot Al-Omar a 26 years old man who is originally from Aleppo and lives now in the camps of northern Syria,

“We are now free, capable of making our voice heard, demand our rights and standing with the right against oppression.” Said Sarot. Sarot undoubtedly believes throughout the society he lives in, that Syrians have become more persistent in continuing their mission to uphold for the liberty and rights they once protested for. “Despite the bitter circumstances, bombs, displacement Syrian are going through, people’s dreams and beliefs in their principles of free Syria is fueling their motivations to continue grappling with their daily struggle until they get freedom.”

Syrian’s struggles, torment, death will not drive them to drop-down their to the hegemonic powers whose power and impact are exacerbating. This suffering, however, made people grasp their values and optimistic to carry on the battle for freedom and justice.

“Preparatory is going to be held to justice. Those who have been killing Syrians for more than nine years. Like any Syrian here, I am getting stronger and determinate to work on the principles of future of accountability,” Al Omar said,

Possibility or impossibility

“The revolution seemed impossible before 2011, and it happened and the same with justice and accountability and freedom, we have to harness our efforts and reorganize more our deeds as Syrian to make this come true.” This is Sanaa’s first response in her interview with Glimpse when asked about how she saw the Syrian uprising on its ninth anniversary. 

Sana’a Al Ali, a 30 years old mother from Ghouta echoes Sarot positivism aspired by the initial notion of revolution on its very beginning back in March 2011. She recalls the past nine years as of her being reborn again. 

“After a lifetime of having to chirp praise for “the eternal Leader,” this was the point Syrians went out and said [NO]. It was the first time we had heard our own voice, and we will never abandon or give up no matter what,” She said.

Sana says that after the uprising Syrian’s devotion and attachment to the country have filled in the space and made us deeply in love with this country. “Despite the overarching horror and grievances, we learned and earned freedom, it made us grow a sense of attachment to Syria through the revolution that made people wake up and fear no more,” She said

Before 2011, the single ruling party, state surveillance and pervasive covert informants made Syrians’ families raise children on the notion that “Whisper, the walls have ears.” The revolution crumbled the Baath legacy of the fear kingdom. 

This legacy has gone with the wind and Assad despite his winning illusion, will never restore anything from Syrian but resentment and actions to bring him and his circle of criminals to justice in the future.

Sana’a Al Ali, a 30 years old mother from Ghouta

Sana and Sarot resonate that everyone has a vital role in the fundamental contribution he can make in the future change and fight for free equality and equity for Syrian in the present and the future. “If doctors, teachers, journalist, activists and civil society work for the collective benefits, we will live through this challenging time,” Sarot said,

While Sana makes it clear that

In order to earn our freedom and free Syria from the Baath regime, we need to live the moment and rethink of what our contribution is as individuals

Sana’a Al Ali, a 30 years old mother from Ghouta

“We need to understand and restate that the essence of Assad battles against Syrians is a battle against an idea, the idea of freedom that we need to contribute to be spread, Sana said, 

“The revolt is an idea, and ideas do not die.”

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