Mass Held to Comfort the Souls of the Martyrs

 

 

 

SYDNEY, (ST)_   The Church of St. Michael Antiochian  for the Greek Orthodox in Kiraowi area in Sydney, Australia, held a Mass to comfort the souls of the martyrs who sacrificed themselves for their homeland Syria .

The mass was attended  by a large number of the Syrian community, foreigners and the Syrian honorary consul  Maher Dabbagh in Sydney.

 Following the mass which was led by rev. Fadi Ne'meh, prayer were recited to comfort the souls of those who were killed by the terrorists.

The rev. highly lauded  the steadfastness of the great Syrian people,  the heroism of the Syrian  Army and the wise leadership  of president Bashar Al-Assad.

He emphasizing the feelings of  love and solidarity between citizens of one country in order to emphasize to the whole world that the people of Syria  stand united and steadfast against  enemy schemes.

 

T. Fateh

 

 

 

Syria is my Homeland

Expatriates could be described as important ambassadors for their homeland everywhere, as they directly address other nations. They reflect the real image of the country' civilization, and local culture in their behavior.

Some of them occupy high-rank positions in all domains, and enjoy effective role in making decisions especially during crisis times.   

Rallies

The Syrian expatriates, for example, have played pivotal role during the crisis the homeland is going through. They staged rallies across the world to defend their homeland, demanding an end to the foreign intervention in Syria's internal affairs.

On October 2, the national meeting of Syrian expatriates was launched at "Sheraton" hotel in Damascus under the slogan "Syria is my Homeland".

 About 150 expatriates have participated in this activity which aims to back the reform process led by  President Bashar Al-Assad.  

Other expatriates, unfortunately, held rallies in different world states to call for destroying their homeland through foreign military invention under the pretext of seeking freedom and Democracy. One here can't but to wonder whether freedom and democracy would mean seeking foreign intervention against one's mother homeland!

However, not only the Syrians but also the whole world has realized the meaning of the false freedom and democracy which the US brought to Iraq.

History of expatriates    

The history of Syrian expatriates dates back to 1820 when Syrians have started immigration because of social and economic crises in Belad al-Sham during the Ottoman presence. The immigration has not stopped since due to wars erupted in the region on one hand, and different social and economic circumstances on the other.

Basma Qaddour

Syrian Expatriates Commitment to Serve the Homeland

Syria  has ever been proud of  its communities abroad and of their skills, talent and ability to integrate into their new  homelands. This pride stems from the fact that the number of Syrian expatriates all over the world is estimated at 15 million, besides five millions in Brazil and one million and a half in Argentina.

In his June 2010 official visit to Brazil , President Bashar Al-Assad  pinned great importance on the role played by the Syrian expatriates  in fostering bilateral relations between  their motherland, Syria and  their new countries: "Syria is proud of its community not only for its success and excellence, but also for its ability to integrate in the new society which they live in without getting away from their origins. This means that they are still loyal to their original homeland as much as their loyalty to their current homeland."

Within  this context, the first Syrian expatriates conference was held in Damascus in 2004  as the first step on a long road of serious and constructive work between expatriates and their homeland, Syria . 

In an inaugural speech to the conference  on October 9, 2004,  the President  highlighted the role played by Syrian expatriates as messengers for their country : “For you, and for your homeland, do communicate with your kin and friends. Do encourage interaction between your sons and sons of the motherland. Do group yourselves in organizations that speak for your culture and nation.”

Focusing on the role played by expatriates in  being credible to their country, the president said : “Your important role in making living cultural interaction with the other peoples through your wide-scale geographical presence and openness to the others constitutes the practical reaction to those narrow-minded people who market the idea of clash among civilizations.”

More than 450 professionals and experts  of Syrian expatriates met together  in the conference held under the title " With Expatriates for Development', and debated several topics  with government officials concerned and  representatives of both the public and private sectors.

The conference was of a very special significance as things have been changed in the aftermath of Sept. 11 attacks -not only for the Syrian communities. A new responsibility is assigned to the Syrian community abroad, especially in the USA,  in order to explain to the American media, officials and people the current situation in Syria and the crisis in the country caused mainly by  terrorism attacks  targeting Syria 's people , sovereignty and own existence.  The Syrian expatriates are called upon to lobby with US Congressmen and Senators to visit Syria and maintain a dialogue  with Syrian officials  and people  for better understanding the situation in Syria . Such a task has to be indeed the noble mission of every Syrian expatriate worldwide.

 

Syria Times