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Voices from Syria − What We Want is Freedom: A Member of White Helmets from Aleppo

On 23rd of December 2016, an event “Syria, The Lives living in-between War and Love: Film Screening of Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait and Panel Talks with Experts” was held in Tokyo.
A member of White Helmets, Mr. Ismail Alabdullah, expressed his feeling, thoughts, and hopes via Skype from Aleppo which was JUST fallen by the government forces. The message explains how the military mission carried by the troops in Eastern Aleppo was inhumane and innocent civilians were killed. And still, numerous civilians are facing terrible suffering today.
The message was towards people in Japan. However, I believe his words will be a wake-up call for every one of us in today’s world somehow.

Here is the whole description of the message delivered by Mr. Alabdullah

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I am now on the western side of Aleppo. We were forcibly displaced to the western side of Aleppo from the eastern side after being bombed intensively and the 15-days of siege that followed. The situation was indescribable. Because people were suffering from hunger and lack of medicines, hospitals and humanitarian organizations: nothing was there to help wounded people. The siege of Aleppo started three months ago. There are still people staying in the blockade who cannot move, such as elder adults, orphans, disabled persons, and few soldiers of Free Syrian Army (FSA).
Besides this desperate situation, the government side forces have used chemical weapons which are internationally prohibited. These bombardments had been destroying all types of buildings to make it impossible for people to live. All sorts of buildings were targeted including buildings that offered basic-needs for people under the siege; nothing left at the end. The eastern side of Aleppo became an absolute place where nobody can live, an absolute place where even animals cannot live because of explosive sounds.
I myself had been locked in the buildings more than 24 hours; I had to move from premises to premises through holes we made on the walls to avoid the airstrikes. I witnessed the snipers of the regime shooting and killing civilians and numerous people under the mountain of rubble. It was so very intensive bombings. I also work as a journalist, but even those journalists could not take any photos or record any videos because of the intense situation. We left more than 20 dead people under the rubble including elder people because the airstrike had not stopped at all.

I warned the media from the first day of the siege that this situation, which I explained now, would inevitably happen; however, nobody listened and reacted.

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Next, I would like to explain the food situation in Aleppo. Currently (Dec. 2016), only 5 pieces of bread (Markook: flat type of bread) for 5 people in 2 days (only half a piece of bread per person a day) are delivered. Distribution is not organized well. The accurate number of family members would not be considered, for example. Thus, no matter a family has 7 or 10 or 15, it is out of concern in this horrifying situation.
Also, the unsanitary water-conditions is a severe issue. We drink well water without any purification, because, there is no proper gas to boil and electricity available for six months. We cannot boil the well water or use electric filter devices. Under this condition, the number of diseases has risen due to dirking unhygienic water.
Furthermore, with a shortage of medical facilities added to the severe food-condition, it has strengthened the level of catastrophe in Aleppo. All seven hospitals including children’s hospitals were wholly destroyed. Therefore, such inhumane time has continued where we cannot help wounds at all.

What is going on Syria, the catastrophe, is a result of the decision we made, and the reaction of the regime, and indifference of international community. The revolution demanded freedom and dignity to be human in 2011. Every person in the world and the United Nations know this frightful situation, and though they also know the fact that numerous people are killed every single day, they just count numbers. Each government is sitting and surrounding Russia and China in conference rooms and both of which continuously exercise the power of veto on the Security Council. The function of the international society has completely suspended. Their hands are in the blood of killed people and children of Syria.

I would like to ask you all, how long this massacre will be going on? I would like to call for people in Japan, and especially the Japanese government to take responsibilities on this issue more than any other states. Particularly, prosecutions of war criminals such as the Assad regime and Russian side. Indeed, the Assad regime which killed tens of hundreds of civilians who were participating in peaceful demonstrations must be prosecuted.

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Lastly, I would like to insist that we are not demanding food or money, but we are just requesting freedom. Freedom: talking what we think without fear, like what I and also you do here. We want freedom.
We want to see Syria where we can enjoy the right of freedom of expression like in Japan. As Japan did in the past, we want to end this war, and we want to rebuild Syria one day not so far in the future.

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Based on a speech delivered by Mr. Alabdullah on 23rd December 2016
Translated by  Yasser Jamal Al Deen and Icchiku Yamada
Edited by Icchiku Yamada and Hiroaki Matsushita

 

The Actual Speech is on Youtube: Click Here

An Event for Syria was Held in Tokyo. Over 450 People were Standing with Syria. 【English:العربية】

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Our event for Syria on Dec. 23rd, 2016 finished with a great success in Tokyo, Japan.  We faced the Syria crisis in all sincerity.
We took this opportunity to consider (and reconsider) about the crisis in Syria from many different aspects; screening a documentary film called Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait (2014 by Ossama Mohammed), a commentary from a scholar of Arabic literature; Prof. Kaoru Yamamoto,

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Also, we relayed with a member of White Helmets  (One of the bravest civil organizations of our time); Mr. Ismail Alabdullah via Skype during the event. He told the audience about the frightful situation in Aleppo.

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On the day, a great number of people, 420  people gathered for Syria.

IMG_5472Although Japan is quite far away from Syria, we always keep thinking of Syria. We are feeling your pain. Please keep your hopes up. Please stay alive. We are here standing with all of you.
Again, I thank you so much for each one of you who came out to my event on the day.
I strongly hope this year 2017 will be a peaceful year for all Syrian people who are suffering right now… and I also hope they will be able to gain the freedom, which they have been seeking for a long time…

With all my respect for those who went before us to gain the dignity to be human, Rest in Peace.

الحدث الذي أقيم في الثالث و العشرين من ديسمبر من أجل سوريا لاقى نجاحا كبيراً و واجهنا الأزمة السورية بكل صدق .
وقد ناقشنا الأزمة السورية بطرق مختلفة منها:
١-عرض فيلم وثائقي عن سوريا
٢- شرح للأحداث عن طريق مختص في أدب اللغة العربية
٣-محادثة مع أحد المصورين التابعين للجيش السوري الحر
٤-محادثة مع أحد اللاجئين السوريين في اليابان التي تناولت قصة مغادرته لوطنه سوريا و الصعوبات العديدة التي وجهها في اليابان.
تحدثنا أيضاً خلال الحدث مع أحد أعضاء White Helmets (القبعات_البيضاء )
عبر سكايب فوصف للجمهور الوضع المأساوي و المرعب الحاصل في مدينة حلب. و تحدث أيضا عن تفاصيل الحصار التي واجهتها حلب الشرقية.

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وقد أعرب عن مطالبه كما قال” نحن لا نريد طعام أو شراب. نحن نريد حرية كالشعب الياباني”
و أريد أن أتوجه له شخصياً بشكر جزيل لمشاركته معنا لهذه المعلومات القيمة.
وقد حضر الحدث أكثر من أربعمئة شخص من أجل سوريا. على الرغم من أن اليابان بعيدة عن سوريا ولكن نحن دائما نفكر و نهتم بالقضية السورية.
و أريد القول للشعب السوري أننا الشعب الياباني نشعر بآلامكم و نرجو أن لا تستسلمو و لاتتخلوا عن الأمل أبداً. إبقوا على قيد الحياة و سنفعل المستحيل لأجلكم.
و أخيراً أشكر جميع الذين حضروا هذا الحدث و كل من ساعدني للوقوف من أجل سوريا.
أتمنى من كل قلبي أن تكون سنة ٢٠١٧ سنة سلام لكل السوريين اللذين يعانون الآن، وأتمنى أيضاً أن يحصلوا على الحرية التي لازالوا يطالبون بها منذ وقت طويل و حتى الآن.

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رحمة الله على شهداء سوريا
إرقدوا بسلام

#StandwithSyriaJapan
Arabic Translation by Yasser Jamal Al Deen.
This event is now uploaded on YouTube : 【 https://youtu.be/7hYT1mpB09c

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開催を経て…今シリアに寄り添うということ。

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2016年12月23日(金)、私が企画して参りました「シリア−戦火と愛の慟哭…その狭間を生きる命『シリア・モナムール』上映会・講演会」を盛会裏に終えました。『シリア・モナムール』上映、山本薫氏によるアラブ文学・文化を織り交ぜた深い解説、八尋伸氏のシリアでの従軍取材経験、難民となり日本に逃れたジャマール氏のこれまでの歩みと複雑な想いなど、非常に多角的にシリアを考え、真摯に問題に向き合いました。

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また、当初の予定を変更しまして、現在アレッポにいる「ホワイト・ヘルメット」の隊員とSkypeで繋ぎ、包囲下の様子、避難後の状況をリアルタイムで伝えていただきました。どうしてもイベント内でシリア現地の人々の声を皆さまに届けたいと、イベント開催3ヶ月前からあらゆるコネクションを駆使して、シリア国内にいる人々にイベント登壇を交渉しておりました。しかし、その矢先アレッポが陥落、交渉は困難を極めました。その様な中、ある意味で奇跡が起こり、私の発表の5分前に「ホワイト・ヘルメット」隊員から「Skypeができる」との連絡が入りました。彼はアレッポの凄惨な状況を訴えながらも、「私達が欲しいのは、資金や食糧では無い。欲しいのは自由だ。あなた達日本人が手にしている自由だ」と訴えました。この言葉の重みを私たちは改めて胸に刻む必要があります。

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本イベントでは、膨大な犠牲者数に埋もれてしまった一人ひとりの個々の存在に光を当てることを試みました。それは、シリアでの出来事が、そしてシリアを生きる人々の存在が、日本において「遠いどこかの『物騒』な国で起きている『不幸』」として伝えられ、認識されていると痛感したからです。
彼らは、私たちと同じ尊厳のある人間ではないのでしょうか?人間が人間らしく生きること。「ホワイト・ヘルメット」の隊員がそう訴えたように、自由と誇りを持ち人間らしく生きたいと願うことはそんなに野蛮なことでしょうか?彼らが爆撃で木っ端微塵になっても、化学兵器で息ができなくなって死を迎えても、拷問によりなぶり殺されても、それは彼らの責任なのでしょうか?この内戦で死んでいった人、祖国を追われた難民、難民になることも許されず海の藻屑となった人、武器を取り抵抗せざるを得なかった人、今日を必死で生き延びようと逃げ惑う人、みんな命です。その重みは、国や宗教や思想で変わるはずもなく、彼らが流す血も、裕福な国の有力者が流す血も、私たちが流す血も同じ色です。命に格差があってはならない。限りなく不平等なこの世界で、これだけは守られなくてはならない平等なのだと、私は強く思います。

当日、沢山の方がシリアのために集いました。イベントにお越しいただいた理由も皆さんそれぞれ違うと思います。当日感じたことも、それぞれにあると思います。それでも、あの日会場はシリアと共にありました。美しいシリア、抵抗するシリア、壊滅したシリア。そして、移り行くシリアの中で、懸命に生きる命の存在。その命が私たちと同じ尊厳のある命であるという紛れもない事実。シリアは今、最も困難な状況にあると言えます。まだ尚、そこに生きる人は痛めつけられ、絶望の淵に追いやられています。シリアの熾烈な状況を変える力は私たちにはないのかもしれません。それでも、そこに懸命に生きる命がある限り、私たちは苦しみを生きる彼らに寄り添い、彼らの「生きる希望」となることはできるのではないでしょうか。この希望はとても小さなものですが、空爆では壊されない、そして私たちが諦めない限り生き続ける強いものだと思います。
街を彩るクリスマスムードとは掛け離れた内容となりました本イベントですが、現在の日本がいかに「平和」であるか、そのありがたみを噛み締めながら、シリア危機を今までより少しでも身近な問題として捉え、今後もそこに生きる人々の痛みと希望を想い続けていただけることを願っています。日々の生活でご多忙であるとは思いますが、それでも、ほんの少しでも彼らに想いを馳せてください。一人でも多くの人に、このイベントを通して知ったこと、感じたことを伝え続けてください。
当日は運営や通訳等、至らない点が多々ありましたことをお詫び申し上げます。私は、シリアで多くの若者が立ち上がっていることと同様に、日本でも大学生という若い世代が立ち上がり、出来うる限り学生だけでイベントを運営することに意味があると思っております。ご指摘いただきました点はしっかり改善をしつつ、今後も未熟ではありますが、若い世代が発信することに拘りを持ち、大切な仲間と共にイベントを運営して参ります。
最後に、シリア内戦において犠牲となった30万人の命。この中に、尊厳を保ちつつ人としての最期を全うできた命がどれだけあったのでしょうか。弔われることの無い尊い命の存在を、私たちは決して忘れてはならないのです。
すべての内戦の犠牲者と、シリアを生きる全ての人々の無事を願い、愛と哀悼の意を捧げます。

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Our prayers and thoughts are with all Syrians who sacrificed their precious lives to gain the dignity.

2017年1月3日 主催者代表 山田一竹

 


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【Held on 23 Dec 2016】Syria, The Lives living in-between War and Love: Film Screening of “Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait” and Panel Talks with Experts

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Dear all,

It has been a year since the last event“Stand with Syria Now: Film Screening of Return To Homs and Open-Discussion”.
A year passed… very, unfortunately, to mention that the Crisis of Syria has escalated even more with over 47 thousand deaths and 4.8 million Syrian-refugees. Precious lives are dying at this very moment in Syria.

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I have been working on this new event-project when I finished organizing the last one. There have always questioned: “Where Syria is heading…?” and “How the lives living in Syria where became a war-zone?”. I have always faced Syria where is only and dearest home for Syrians. Sometimes, I could not sleep well due to the horrifying situation going on Syria. I felt hopeless and powerless to see the fact that no single effective solution has promoted over five years but people are certainly losing their homes, foods, opportunities, and lives. However, I cannot just stand still; I have to keep going ahead to make changes for Syria. Those thoughts brought the upcoming event, “Syria, The Lives living in-between War and Love: Film Screening of “Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait” and Panel Talks with Experts” on 23rd December 2016.
We will be screening a film Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait by Ossama Mohammed on the event. We will also invite professional Arab Literature, Photo-journalist who served with Free Syrian Army and a young Syrian man who became a refugee in Japan. The aim is always the same; to light the actual people who are living under horrific the Crisis of Syria.
Let’s show our solidarity for Syria, let’s prove to the world that we are not abandoning people of Syria.
No reservation required, please come to the venue directly!


***Details of Events
◇ Syria, The Lives living in-between War and Love: Film Screening of “Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait” and Panel Talks with Experts
【Date】23rd (FRI) December 2016
【Venue】Auditorium of Building 9, Rikkyo University (Ikebukuro Campus)
⇨Campus Map
https://www.rikkyo.ac.jp/access/ikebukuro/campusmap/
【Entrance】FREE
【Capacity】500
【Program】
14:00 Opening Remarks: Masako Ishii, Professor of Department of Intercultural Communication of Rikkyo University

《Session 1: Film Screening》
14:10 Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait(96min)
15:50 Break

《Session 2: Expert-Talks》
16:00 Kaoru Yamamoto (Arab Literature) “Commentary of the film: Syria through literature”
16:30 Shin Yahiro (Photojournalist) “Syria: Actual Side of the Revolution”
17:00 Break
17:30 Yasser Jamal Al-Deen (“Syrian Refugee in Japan) “Myself and Syria, and Japan”
18:00 Icchiku Yamada “Thinking of Syria Now: Interviews with Journalist Takeshi Sakuragi and with Syrians”
18:20 Q&A Session

18:50 Closing Remarks: Icchiku Yamada

【Links】
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/677349789091147/
Rikkyo University Website: http://www.rikkyo.ac.jp/events/2016/12/18477/

【Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait Details】
Director: Ossama Mohammed, Wiam Simav Bedirxan
Videos and Photos: Wiam Simav Bedirxan, 1001 people of Syria, Ossama Mohammed
Country: Syria | France
Language: Arabic
Filming Locations: Homs, Syria
Runtime: 96 min
Production Co: Les Films d’Ici, Proaction Film
Distribution Company in Japan: Tereza and Sunny (テレザとサニー)
Known asةضفلا ماء , シリア・モナムール, Eau argentée, Syrie autoportrait
Story:
The astonishing collaboration between exiled Syrian filmmaker Ossama Mohammed and young Kurdish activist Wiam Simav Bedirxan distills footage from thousands of clandestine videos to create a shattering, on-the-ground documentary chronicle of the ordeal being undergone by ordinary Syrians in the ongoing civil war.
In Syria, every day, activists and people film then die; others kill then film. In Paris, Syrian filmmaker Ossama Mohammed, driven by his inexhaustible love for Syria, he finds that he can only film the sky and edit the footage posted. From within the tension between his estrangement in France and the revolution, an encounter happened. Simav from Homs began to chat with me, asking: ‘If your camera were here, in Homs, what would you be filming?’.
At once tragic and miraculous, Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait is a shattering portrait of the ordeal being endured by ordinary Syrians, even as its very existence attests to the spirit of possibility that even the most brutal repression cannot crush.
(Via Production and TIFF)
The Special Screenings section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Winner of Grierson Award, London Film Festival, 2014.
Winner of Gandhi’s Glasses Award – Special Mention, Torino Film Festival, 2014.
Winner of Prize of Excellence, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, 2015.

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YouTube: https://youtu.be/a9Mo6OUF_Hg

◇ Photo Exhibition by Shin Yahiro | Syria: Lives in-between the Revolution and Love
【Date/Period】
21st (WED) December 2016 – 25th (SUN) December 2016: 5days
12:00pm-8:00pm
【Venue】Room 9202, building 9, Rikkyo University (Ikebukuro Campus)
⇨Access Map
https://www.rikkyo.ac.jp/access/ikebukuro/direction/
【Entrance】FREE
【Photos】21 photographs taken in Syria. Mr. Yahiro has spent time with Free Syrian Army and in revels’ town.

 

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By Icchiku Yamada

【Held on 14 Jan 2016】Stand with Syria Now: Film Screening of “Return To Homs” and Open-Discussion.​

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As you know, the conflict in Syria has escalated more and more. There is no day we don’t hear about Syria. While the internationalized military intervention as a proxy war has been drawing many people’s attention, the lives living in Syria are not focused enough.
Four years have passed, 4 million people are displaced as refugees and 7.6 million people are internally displaced, 200 thousand people lost their lives. We should never forget that each one of them is a human being with dignity, each one of them has precious lives and Syria is a dear home for all of them.

Under this circumstance, 14th January 2016, we are going to organize an event for Syria at Rikkyo University, Tokyo JAPAN. “Stand with Syria Now: Film Screening of Return To Homs and Open-Discussion”

I met this documentary film “Return To Homs” by Talal Derki and has become knowing the fact that there is a young generation of Syria fighting for their home. Honestly writing, this is the best and most fantastic documentary film for me which brought tears to my eyes. I want more people to see this film, and reconsider Syria…
Syria is geographically and psychologically far away from Japan. Thus, this cannot be a reason to ignore what is going on people of Syria.

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What can we do now…? “Stand with Syria” It is the aim of this event, and it is one of the ways to light up their situation; the story of the individuals, not of the numbers.

On the day of the event, we are going to invite Syrian film director Mr. Talal Derki who directed the film via Skype and to have an open Q&A session. I believe this will be a rare and exceptional opportunity to deepen our understanding of the situation in Syria from “human-perspective” which we can be shared thoughts and experiences of Mr. Derki who are standing with the youth of Syria from the begging of the Revolution.

We are looking forward seeing all of you, especially Japanese students since this film amazingly describes the struggles of Syrian youth. That is why this event will be held at a university.
Reservation is not required, please come to the venue below directly.


***Details of the event

【Date】 6:20 pm- 9 pm, 14th (Thurs.) January 2016
【Venue】 Room 7102, building 7 at Rikkyo University (Ikebukuro Campus)
⇨Campus Map
https://www.rikkyo.ac.jp/access/ikebukuro/campusmap/
【Entrance】 FREE
【Capacity】Around 120
【Program】
18:20 Opening Remarks:
Masako Ishii, Professor of Department of Intercultural Communication of Rikkyo University
Icchiku Yamada, 3rd year Student at Department of Intercultural Communication of Rikkyo University
18:30 Film Screening Return To Homs
20:00 Break
20:10 Commentary of the film by Prof. Masako Ishii
20:20 Discussion: Report on Syria by Icchiku Yamada
20:40 Open Dialog Session: Q&A with Mr. Talal Derki (via Skype)
21:00 Closing Remarks: Icchiku Yamada
【Links】
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1548942552062359/
Rikkyo University Website: http://www.rikkyo.ac.jp/events/2016/01/17188/

【Return To Homs Details】
Director: Talal Derki
Country: Syria | Germany
Language: Arabic
Filming Locations: Homs, Syria
Runtime: 94 min
Production Co: Proaction Film, Ventana Film- und Fernsehproduktion
Known as: The Return to Homs
Distribution Company in Japan: United People
Story:
Filmed over three years in Homs, accompanying two outstanding young men Basset and Ossama from the time they were only dreaming of freedom to the time when they are forced to change course. Return To Homs focus the Group’s transformation and struggles, is a heart-stopping, often wrenching study of the brutal war President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has waged against the Syrian people — a battle fought mostly out of camera range that has produced epic heroism and tragedy.
Basset, the 19 years old national football team goalkeeper, who became an outspoken demonstration leader in the city, then an icon revolution singer, till he becomes a fighter… a militia leader. 24-year-old-Ossama renowned citizen journalist, cynical pacifist… as his views are forced to change until army secret service detains him. It is the story of a city, of which the world has heard a lot, but never really got closer than news, never really had the chance to experience how a war erupted. (Via IMDb and POV)
Winner of Sundance’s 2014 World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Documentary.
Laurel Winner – Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, 2014
Laurel Winner – Grand Prix du Festival, FIFDH 2014
Laurel Official Selection – Hot Docs, 2014
Laurel Opening Film – IDFA 2013

それでも DVD

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAqw-IuL3Ys

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By Icchiku Yamada