An American journalist is driving towards the Syrian border. Suddenly his car is attacked and he is forced out of his car and held at gunpoint. 635 long, torturous days go by as he is held captive by the most dangerous terrorist group imaginable. He knows that his fate is almost sealed, and he is living in a state of constant fear. One day, he is forced into an orange prisoner suit, taken out into the desert with a knife held to his throat, and forced onto his knees. He is shaking violently. He hears a language that has sadly become much too familiar to him, speaking violently towards a camera. He realizes that he is being recorded and then he is beheaded. This was the last moment of James Foley’s life, and sadly, three other innocent people experienced the exact same fate. Innocent lives are taken every day by the most dangerous terrorist threat in today’s world. Religious minorities walk around with targets on their backs, and thousands of Americans, US military troops, Shia, Yazidis, and Christian civilizations are being targeted every day by the horrifying terrorist group that is ISIS. Anyone who dares stand in the way of The Islamic State is at risk of losing their lives. As a social studies
In "Araby" the main character has a crush on Mangan's sister. He wants to talk to her so bad but when he tries he gets scared and walks right past her. The first time he ever spoke to her was at the fence. I personally believe the fence is one example of God’s signs to realize that she is turning him away from God and he needs to protect his heart.
On April 12, 2013, it was a special day in Massachusetts. Many people gather to watch runners for an iconic run through Boston. Today would be the change of many people’s life. An eight-year-old would lose his life along with two other people. Almost twenty people would go on to become an amputee. The Tsarnaev brothers studied “how to” videos and documents showing them how to construct a homemade bomb. In the description, there was a statement telling them to trust in Allah. Two homemade bombs were placed near the finish line, probably a block apart. The first one going off closer to the finish line. As soon as the bomb goes off, all there is to see is a giant area, behind the fencing, of blood, people screaming and an immediate panic. The next couple days were a race to get the suspects apprehended before more carnage could happen. The city was locked down. The brothers were linked
“It is horrible Amira saw him being shot, she is only 8.” My mum whispers. “Ream shouldn’t have been shot for standing up. The poor boys that got tortured for grafting on the wall is unfair. A war has broken out. This is not the Syria I remember.” I hear someone start to uncontrollably weep. Poor mum, is the only thing going through my mind. Creak. The front door opens then shuts. Who is that, but I am too exhausted, so I close my red, puffy
Many of those people were trying to get away from the violence and had nothing to do with it. Bomb barrels containing weapons to immediately kill are dropped every day. The credibility of this image is justified by its reality. Omran Daqneesh and many other Syrian children are a symbol of this tragic and horrific war. Because of the war background of this image, it cannot be denied that the Syrian people are in danger and that the war and its horrid factors are happening right now and at this moment. Omran is covered in the result of war violence, the credibility of this image is justified through his innocence and the cruelty of war itself. The background of the image is the Syrian Civil War,
This article was about the Nigerian school girls that were kidnapped by Boko Haram about two years ago. The author wrote about how the search for the girls isn’t over as well as how the girls rescues are being planned, but the military and government officials from America are afraid that if they attempt to rescue one group of the girls the other will suffer because of it. African officials are afraid that Boko Haram is making the school girls become suicide bombers or giving them the option to become suicide bombers to escape the lives they are facing. They believe that the girls are choosing to be suicide bombers to escape the lives of being trapped, used for childbearing and abused that they have been forced into.
To have a complete understanding of what a border is one must come to the other form of the border, the imaginary and unseen border. This abstract border separates people from one another without any real embodiment of the border itself. This particular border does not necessarily have concrete matter, which separates people like fences, gates, towers, and walls. Moreover, it does not have to be policed. Ergo, such border exists without any limitation of space and time. This abstract border does create the same effect as the concrete border, separating and labeling people, as them and us. Nonetheless, the abstract border affects people beyond labelling and separation. As the Xuncax siblings in El Norte succeeded in crossing the concrete U.S.-Mexico border, they had to face the abstract border, the language border. Knowing nothing of English hinders them in coping with their new life in America. Language is the first border they have to pass in the new land. Because Enrique could not speak English, he is unable to find a job easily since he could not communicate with other people who might need his service. In the same boat, Rosa, being unable to comprehend her employer’s explanation on how to use the washing machine, ends up washing all the clothes by hands and let them dry under the sun. In a word, their unavailability to cross the language border is apparently making an impediment for them to find a job for living or to execute the employer’s request correctly.
Even though I am a normal fourteen year old boy with Syrian lineage, but many people from my middle school beg to differ. People in my history class back at Egan had figured out that I was Syrian, and wanted to make me feel miserable. People only decided to look at me through the image filter of being from an Arabic country, and not look at me as an individual person. They grouped me into something that I do not want to be related with at all: terrorism.
Syriana is a movie revolving around the many facets of US – Middle East relations. The movie is split into various plot lines to identify roots of Islamic Militancy and Terrorism in the Middle East, prospects of democracy and full self-determination and the varying effects of current US policy.
Have you ever thought about living in Syria during the war? What would life be like? Would you still go to school? When will this be over? The people who are living in Syria during the war wonder about these questions too, and they have for many years.
A refugee is defined as an individual who has been forced to leave their country due to political or religious reasons, or due to threat of war or violence. There were 19.5 million refugees worldwide at the end of 2014, 14.4 million under the mandate of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), around 2.9 million more than in 2013. The other 5.1 million Palestinian refugees are registered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). With the displacement of so many people, it is difficult to find countries willing to accept all the refugees. There are over 125 different countries that currently host refugees, and with this commitment comes the responsibility of ensuring these refugees have access to
Since 2011, Syria has been engaged in a Civil War with protestors against the government and members of the extremist group ISIS, and approximately 7.6 million people have been displaced from their homes (usnews.com 2015). As the conflict destroys more homes and livelihoods each year, an increasing number of civilians have been forced to leave Syria and try to find safety elsewhere. Already a contentious issue, the Syrian refugee crisis has awakened tensions, both economic and social as debate erupts over what to do with the refugees.In response to the crisis, while some countries like Germany have pledged to help the refugees, (New Statesman 2015 1) only 2,340 have been admitted. Clearly, more needs to be done in order to help the refugees. Although there are economic and population concerns to be considered, the humanitarian conflict that faces the refugees and solutions already available are reason enough for Europe to increase the numbers of Syrian refugees allowed in.
Syrian civil war started in 2011 was the outcome of the opposition against the President Bashar al-Assad regime. The uprising emerged as a response to the Arab spring movement that lead to regime change in Tunisia and subsequently turned into mass unrest rooted into the discontent with long-term dictatorship and poor economic situation in the country (Manfreda, n.d.). The number of Syrian citizens killed in the civil war reached 140000 since March 2011 (SBS 2014). The European Commission (2014, 2) reports approximately 9.3 million civilians “in need for humanitarian assistance”. The scale of armed rebellion between government and opposition that lead to an increasing number of casualties among civilians did not remain unnoticed by the
The part of the Middle East being discussed involves the following: Iraq, Transjordan, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon. All of which were directly impacted by the borders which were set up by European countries in the early 20th century. The borders had benefits of course, but they also brought with them quite a few problems. While the Middle Eastern borders are important to dividing that part of the world into different countries, the borders seem to have brought with them a lot of problems that the people living in this part of the world have had to deal with. There are multiple factors involved with this topic, including a few treaties, the Anglo-Persian Oil Company and the start of World War I. The different treaties were the Sykes-Picot Agreement and the Balfour Declaration, both of which involved European countries deciding the future of these countries. All of these factors had a direct impact on the Middle East and had a lasting effect on the people who live in this area of the world.