Saturday, November 17, 2018
Syria is a secular country. Can you explain what this means to a non-Syrian? If anyone visited Syria, they could see with their own eyes the freedom of belief, the different nationalities, the respect for everyone and the equality of men and women in all fields of life. What does the concept of personal freedom mean to you? Personal freedom means respecting...

Life and Devotion

Article by Lisa Accadia, AMES Australia We recently sat down to interview Bushra, a Syrian who arrived in Australia toward the end of 2016. Bushra spoke generously to us about her life, culture, and faith. What we discovered was a warm-hearted woman whose love for life and good humour was not foreign. We hope that her approach to life and...
- By Ninos Sawa LEAVING BEHIND It’s a sad feeling when you leave your home. I have left my home only physically. My heart and mind are still in Syria. I miss my college, friends, and the house I grew up in. I hope it hasn’t been destroyed or bombed. I don’t have any information about it now. THE REFUGEE EXPERIENCE Refugees need to...
What dreams or ambitions did you have in the past?  And now? In the past I had an ambition to become a schoolteacher to participate in preparing a Syrian generation that is aware and cultured. However, my ambition has grown now and I want to become a university professor and a professional tour guide. How do you recognize that someone is...
How do you recognize that someone is Syrian?  Are there any common characteristics? Syrians are distinguished for being kind to everyone, even to strangers. For example, a Syrian would rush to give a helping hand to a blind person to cross the street. Another instance, a Syrian would immediately help an old person carrying heavy things into his/her house. A...
What makes you proud to be Syrian? I’m proud to be Syrian because Syria has been always an important country since the beginning of humanity. Syria is a secular country. Can you explain what this means to a non-Syrian? As a Christian, I can say that in Syria I lived the same life I’m living in Italy and I had the same freedom. In...
video
Children have a right to play, but in Damascus the ruined streets are their playground. Dateline reveals the harsh lessons they've already learnt about war. For more on Luke Waters' story, go to the SBS Dateline website... http://bit.ly/1oLN9lV   - From SBS Dateline, First Published Feb 23, 2016
Have you experienced anything since the start of the crisis you would like to recount? The sound of gunfire and rockets prevented us from sleeping Before the beginning of the Syrian crisis and the war, my family, which consists of four persons, lived peacefully in our lovely city Homs. But with the beginning of the war, we were affected by a...
As a teacher, I have always asked myself what sets us apart from other professions. Is it possible to 'leave' our work at work and not to bring it into our private lives? How not to get involved and treat it just as 'work'? To tell you the truth, it’s not possible! No matter how much we try, we DO...
What makes you proud to be Syrian? I am proud that Syria still exists on the political map of the world. Syria is a secular country. Can you explain what this means to a non-Syrian? For me, secularism means living together in the same land, speaking the same language while having different beliefs and religions. Our beliefs are a private matter, and...