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Syria’s civil war is local news in Dearborn

3 Comments 25 February 2013

By Susan Hatem
Unis Middle School

Everyone has heard about the situation in Syria. You have probably heard how it affects the people there, but what about people who aren’t even in the country? More specifically, how does it affect the people around you?

“Civil war,” says Majed Hatem, an immigrant from Syria who has lived in America for over 20 years, “s the dumbest thing that happens. It’s killing your friends, your family, your neighbors, and all of your own people.”

But other people may have different opinions on civil war. People like 8th grade Unis student Noor Khalil. “I think civil war is sometimes required in order for a change,” she said. “It’s very violent but sometimes it has to happen.”

Noor’s family, just like many other families of Syrian immigrants, has been very stressed due to the war. According to Noor, the war is all they talk about. It’s the same case with the Hatem family. Around the time of the holiday season, the Hatem family wasn’t in the mood for celebrating. Why?

“Who wants to celebrate while their people are dying?” was Majid Hatem’s answer.

Not being in the holiday spirit is just one of the ways this war is affecting the people here. To think that a country whose people were once living in peace is now engaged in a bloody battle between one another. In a war like this, is there really any point? Is there going to be an end to this tragedy?

Hamsa Ezzi, a 7th grade student in the Dearborn district, believes that the war will not be resolved soon. She believes that at the very least it will be resolved in a year, no sooner then that. Even her family hasn’t been very cheerful.

“It affects them,” Hamsa says, “because it is their country and it is ruining their country.”

But not being in the mood to celebrate isn’t the only way that people have been affected by this situation. It is also affects something else: people’s thoughts on Syria altogether.

“When I hear about Syria, I think of wars. A lot of wars,” says Osama Altairy. He probably isn’t the only one that thinks that way.

For right now, the most that Syrian Americans can do is hope and pray that the tragedy will end soon. Maybe then, people here with family and friends in Syria can go to sleep knowing that the nightmare of civil war has ended.

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  1. Israa Ali says:

    Awesome story! im also Syrian

  2. heba says:

    nice story. i barely see information abut war but i always hear that places are in conflict

  3. Vincent McCraw, Night Online Edtior, The Detroit News says:

    A good read that offers insight into the thoughts of Syrian Americans on what’s happening in their homeland. Too often in the states we are not mindful that there are families, whom we may know, affected by these wars and conflicts abroad but don’t know how they affect them.

    One suggesstion: You mention a holiday in your story but didn’t mention the holiday. Don’t assume everyone reading your story will come to it with the knowledge of the subject. In this case, mentioning the holiday by name and it’s significance would have helped for those of us not familiar. This is called adding context to the story.


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