Syrian Crisis Forum Held at Gulf Coast State College

By: Brian Greig Email
By: Brian Greig Email

More than a year of unrest in Syria, some Syrian-Americans are anxious for change. Gulf Coast State College hosted three Syrian experts Thursday night to discuss and educate locals about the Syrian situation. It was also an opportunity for people to get a glimpse of Syrians' everyday life.

Dozens gathered at the Sarzin lecture hall to hear from 3-experts about the militant upraising in Syria.

Dr. David Fistein, an assistant Professor of Political Science at the college, said "I wanted to raise awareness about it so I contacted Mr. Elmesky who works for the Islamic Understanding Group to see if we could put together a lecture that would be for the students and the public in general. Basically to raise awareness to get people to look, to get people to go 'Look, it's still happening. People are dying everyday."

The three speakers, Miss Jomana Qaddour, Mr. Hussam El-fawal, and Mr. Alexis Galvan, spoke about different aspects of Syria and its effects on neighboring countries.

Miss Qaddour is from the Brookings Institute and works on Syrian related projects had this to say "I think our job here today was just to shed a little bit of light on what we see is part of the problem and what we can do as Americans and American-Syrians to end this crisis and not allow unnecessary human suffering."

After a decade of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, most Americans do not favor U.S. involvement in Syria.

Miss Qaddour believes Americans can help in other ways, "I don't think Syrian people or the American people want boots on the ground. That's an unwavering point that they've made. What we have asked the American people to say is 'This is a crisis. It exists, it's spreading into other countries in the region. We need to find a solution, there are many ways to find a solution.'"

The group is urging Americans to contact their representatives in Congress and voice their concern for aid.

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