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Monday, July 24

Two countries, one heart

I’m posting this post, not to brag nor to show off the Syrian government, but simply I am greatly touched by the human side and all the support, aid and assistance Syrians are showing.

I heard a lot of calls asking for more volunteers to help the Lebanese refugees, but I never really imagined the situation until I saw it myself... About 100,000 Lebanese have fled across the border into Syria with nothing in their pocket, no money, no clothes, no food and no nothing! Syria has welcomed them all providing shelters for them, many schools were emptied and turned into shelters too, I don’t want to turn this post into politics here, but I just want to shed light on the great job people are doing here, charity associations, normal people mostly housewives, collage students, and doctors all volunteered to help them, and to provide them with food, clothes, healthcare and even giving toys for their kids, a huge network of volunteering has really surprised me! All that cooperative great work gave me nothing but a real HOPE, I left the place feeling deeply happy inside, and like yeah we are here for each others.
PS. The Arabic sign says “We welcome our Lebanese sisters and brothers, your family in Syria”.
Su’ad, was pregnant in her forth month, she already has lost her baby because, she was deadly afraid of the Israeli attacks on her village.


  • Cheers to that. What sucks is that the Lebanese still toss around racist comments.

    By Blogger Roba, at 23/7/06 5:42 PM  

  • Bravo Ghalia!

    I'm proud of you.

    By Anonymous Ammo Kamal, at 23/7/06 5:50 PM  

  • beautiful,
    sad pictures. bas it's a great shock to the syrian civil society, and a brilliant response to actually take matters into their own hands.

    brilliant, makes u proud.

    By Blogger Yazan, at 23/7/06 6:12 PM  

  • God Bless you Ghalia, we all know that you and other volunteers are doing all you can do. I'm also certain that the Lebanese you are helping do appreciate your efforts.
    If others don't, they are only hurting themselves by ignoring the obvious and showing no good will. If you don't have it you can't give it away, it's that simple

    By Blogger abufares, at 23/7/06 8:13 PM  

  • Great work...We should work together to eliminate this stupid racism between us...

    Thanks :)

    By Blogger Abed. Hamdan, at 23/7/06 11:21 PM  


    All of you guys living in or around damascus, the situation is serious, a lot more people are needed.

    If you feel like volunteering, please call: 011-9338 ( The Syrian Red Crescent special number for the current crisis ).

    Companies are being very genereous but the real need is for people not for money.

    By Blogger Shady Zayat, at 24/7/06 1:08 AM  

  • Ghalia, you and your fellow countrymen have a lot to be proud of. I am so glad to see Syria reach out and help the Lebanese. May God Bless You All. This is a lesson the rest of the world should be learning.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 24/7/06 7:17 AM  

  • So true Ghalia, nice post! (as always)

    By Blogger Ammar, at 24/7/06 10:56 PM  

  • this is what good about arabs. we are here for our brothers and sisters.
    i'll be in syria on thursday :)

    By Anonymous wedad, at 25/7/06 10:27 AM  

  • Ghalia,
    it is nice of you to go and document the situation .
    we are trying to help too,in our own way

    By Blogger yaser, at 25/7/06 3:00 PM  

  • That's real nice from you to go there and speak to them, comfort them and bring them some hope, despite it's usual rareness.

    I think that, as some other said, we shall not look for any response from anyone, we should do what we can to help others, in our own way, in our best. We shall not wait for any in return, whether it's from the neighbor or the farther. We are all human beings, with esteem to each other, whether it's in such crisis or any other circumstance, to arab or to a non-arab, whether it's to a muslim or to a non muslims ... or with any other person you share differences with...

    We shall not take example from those who are killing one another for a piece of land, for their egoistic honor or for any narcissistic point of view. We shall forgive one another and live in peace!...... blablabla... I may speak to the walls.... but walls are being shot down, once again, but to all those who are hearing me over the ruins, I hope this means some to you orelse, we're in trouble for the next three or four minutes.


    By Blogger Sharrukin, at 26/7/06 9:00 AM  

  • FANTASTIC Ghalia!! I was from the beginning on highly impressed by the swift and strong response not only of the Syrian government, but in particular of the Syrian people - and never made a secret out of it! You guys were from practically one hour to the next thrown into a logistic nightmare of how to help this immens influx of those terrified by this Israeli warmachine and lost everything - and I REALLY have to say, you coped BEAUTIFULLY!! The world, in particular the ARAB WORLD should look very carefully - and LEARN how to be compassionate and simply present in wake of this humanitarian disaster - after all, A FRIEND IN NEED IS A FRIEND INDEED!!
    God bless you ALL!! Can you maybe update us about what's going on in Syria, possibly with pics as well? I personally would love to know ...

    By Blogger I love Munich, at 26/7/06 1:41 PM  

  • A word to Abed .... AMEN to what you say - you're SO RIGHT!!!

    By Blogger I love Munich, at 26/7/06 1:43 PM  

  • bismillah
    assalamu alaikum

    Indeed it is heart warming to see the Syrian people help the Lebanese refugees.

    Not that I want to ruin the mood or anything, but I wonder who would take care of the Syrian refugees that apperently will be a problem in itself in the near future.

    We shall not take example from those who are killing one another for a piece of land, for their egoistic honor or for any narcissistic point of view.

    I hate to think who you're refering to over here. "Killing one another for a piece of land..."? That's a shallow way to put it. Are you refering to the US and the Iraqi resistance? Or Israel and the Palestinians? or Russians and the Chechens? or India and the Kashmirees? or the US and the Afghaan? Actually, whoever it is you're refering to, this a new low right there. So now you're attacking all those resistance fighters and saying that that hippy cheesecake nonsense is your aim? If you want to attack people who initiate war, attack all you want. But to call both sides of the conflicts as either "they're fighting for a peice of land" or has "egoistic honor" or a "narcissistic point of view" is not only extermely shallow, but pathetically pitiful and honestly sad when Syria itself is under threat from an invasion. One thing is for sure, if Syria is indeed invaded we wont be seeing you around in Syria defending your home. You'll most likely take the first flight to Rainbow Land. To tell you the truth, I somewhat welcome an invasion of Syria by the US. It filters out the little garbage that would otherwise be difficult to clean off our societies.


    By Blogger Abdul Rahman Hilmi, at 27/7/06 8:22 AM  

  • و مع كل ذلك مازال بعض اللبنانيون ينكرون هذا الدور السوري على كل لم أفهم حتى الآن بماذا يفكرون
    هل دخل الشيطان قلوبهم أم أنهم هم الشيطان أصلا

    By Blogger hamwy, at 27/7/06 11:37 AM  

  • that first picture sums it up beautifully.
    Haven't been here in a while, but I'm still amazed at how you capture the image.

    By Blogger elengil, at 27/7/06 6:37 PM  

  • Poor Lebanese...it is really sad.

    I am glad that syrians are living up to their duty of helping these people.

    Great post.

    By Blogger Amr T, at 28/7/06 9:31 AM  

  • well roba, regardless of what is ur dofinition about racisim ( which for sure lebanese has nothing close to it )my very BOLD question is " so are you giving this for any return , even if it can be to stop these ((((( racist ))))) comments !!!???????

    By Anonymous Bilal Zaiter, at 3/8/06 11:10 PM  

  • In all the inhumanity of this war, the humanity has shone.

    By Blogger grapeshisha, at 5/8/06 3:20 PM  

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