[Boston] Syria: The Struggle for Justice and Freedom
As the Syrian revolution enters its 17th month of struggle, AIC is proud to bring activists to
Boston to share their stories of courage and their hopes for the future. We will hear from
Ousama Nassar, an activist from Daryya in the suburbs of Damascus. Ousama has worked
tirelessly – in spite of the persecution, incarceration, and harassment his family has been
subjected to – and has founded an organization that promotes a doctrine of nonviolence. His
work has transformed Daryya into an example of how nonviolent resistance is still possible
in Syria. He has refused to leave Syria and abandon his struggle, and so he will be joining
us via Skype to discuss the nonviolent activities of the Syrian revolution and to explain the
consequences of the Daryya massacre. George Stifo, member of the Syrian National Council and
spokesperson for the Syrian Christians for Democracy, will also be sharing his experiences.
Our second speaker will be Yaman Al Qadri, a young woman who was studying medicine at
Damascus University when the revolution began. At only 19, five months after the start of the
revolution, she was the first female student arrested at the university because of her activism.
The committee of the revolution named a day of protests asking for her freedom and she was
eventually released, though she was dismissed from the university. Yaman now lives in Canada
and will join us to share the story of her arrest as well as to discuss the role of students and
women in the revolution. This event will be free and open to the public.
This event will be free and open to the public.