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Beirut merchants: do you rememberAl Rozana?

very long time ago Turkey sent a ship into Lebanon with many goods on it to compete with Beirut merchants, with very low prices
and they succeeded, the merchants of Beirut couldn't sell a lot of the Fruits that started to rot, so the merchants of Aleppo came from Syria, and bought everything they have, and saved Beirut merchants, and they gone to Aleppo and the turkey ship gone back to Turkey.

The Turkey ship name was "Rosana", and so the Lebanese wrote the Rozana song as a thank Aleppo merchants, and then it became very popular.

"It is a folk song belongs to the region of Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine. The story behind it is that at the height of the intense wheat famine that the region experienced at the beginning of the 20th century, and Italian ship called "The Rosanna" was said to have been sent by Turkey, carrying food to the starving population of the Levant. Everybody was waiting in anticipation for the ship's arrival, but when it finally landed as the story goes in the song, it was carrying nothing but apples and grapes, of the foods that the region was actually overflowing with at that time. The people cursed the ship for this reason.

How many of Lebanese people have had all of their rosy dreams met with dark disappointment, and all their hopes were squandered on an endless range of despair, frustration and helplessness, but the Aleppo merchants saved them.

Here are the lyrics.

Oh the Rosanna, the Rosanna,

everything good is inside her
What has the Rosanna done?
God punish her!
Oh the Rosanna the Rosanna,

 all happiness is inside her
What has the Rosanna done?
God punish her

Hey you who are going to Halab, my love went with you
Hey you who are carrying grapes and on top of that apples
Everyone is with their beloved and my beloved has gone
Oh lord, may the breeze bring my lover back to me

I won't live in Beirut, because my nostalgia is there

 Oh my lover is in Halab,

Inside you is my love, you who are going there,

Bring him my message, bring my lover back to me

Only for an hour

Everyone is with his lover and mine has gone

Oh lord, may the breeze bring my lover back to me

by the rosana, by the rosana, all the happiness came with it
but what did the rosana actually do, may god punish it

oh you who is going back to hamah, please keep me on your mind
Two thirds of my mind have gone the way your girl have gone

I swear to you by everything Precious, and the source of your drinking water
our water is from Orontes River, the drink of the Mandarins

I won't live in Beirut, because my nostalgia is there

 Oh my lover is in there,


Oh the Rosanna, the Rosanna,

Everything good is inside her
What has the Rosanna done?
God punish her!
Oh the Rosanna the Rosanna,

At last I say: Do you remember, or you have forgotten, Turkey or the Ottoman Empire, wished to bankrupt the merchants in Beirut, but merchants of Aleppo saved them.

 Turkeynow robbed around 1,000 factories with all their equipment and machines in Aleppo city, and smuggling them into the Turkish territories, Turkey is still the same, but where are the merchants of Lebanon?????

Butheina Al-Nounou

In supporting of the homeless

Recently,  Al-Seweida governorate has witnessed a special movement, arranged to support displaced Syrians in the governorate, namely the children.

 The action organized by the Psychological support center at Al-Seweida, aimed at joining efforts through  national unity to offer all out aid for the homeless in the governorate.

The center being affiliated to the Rome Orthothox Archbishopric in both Al-Seweida and Horan, have exerted intensive energies to ensure monetary founds for further than 140 homeless families all over the governorate’s various villages, including educational costs for the families' children.

"The center also worked on raising the homeless health awareness through organizing special lectures on this subject." stated Center Raghda al- ashhab Director.

She also declared that the center will carry out a new survey counting  homeless families number and their financial position in order to recommend all-out support.

For his part, the Archbishop Saba Esber praised the center, referring to its essential role in enhancing national unity among various Syrian citizens to well face their homeland's current crisis. He likewise donated some presents to the homeless children during the activity.

 On the occasion, the Patriarch also called on all Syrians to unify their stance concerning their brothers support, asserting the importance of adhering to tolerance, as well as to brotherhood ties at this critical time. 

 Nahla Maaz – Al-Seweida governorate for Syriatimes   

Wishing to you happy Eid


The Muslim world will celebrate Eid al-Adha ( Feast of Sacrifice), In Syria it is celebrated with great affection, Many people prepare sumptuous meals for family and friends and decorate their homes.

What is common in Eid festivities is the hospitality and generosity of Syrian people, Firstly, to gather at the father and mother home, after the Eid prayers, young children in their new clothes, line up in front of each adult family member, to take Eidi, that mean to take money, as a gift by every elder in the family, kids are allowed to spend their money as they want on Eid day.

In every street there are game shops, mobile, computer café, food shops, outdoor rides like see-saw, pirate-ship, ferrous-wheel, etc, all these games are setup for kids to have fun all day. People pay a visit to their relatives, and friends, some go to picnic, in the parks or the seaside all this to enjoy and relax.

That was the Eid in Syria before the crisis, but how is our Eid now:

I've met a lot of people, and asked them about their feeling towards the Eid now, all of them, have sadness, shock disbelief, helplessness, and anger, of what is happening to Syria and Syrians, a lot of deaths, a lot of destruction, and a lot of displaced people.

 A mother asked me: what do you feel if you lost your child, I've lost my child, he was too young to die, I feel that it isn't fair, I feel that everyone should live his life, except if God took him, why they are killing the children?  I miss him, he was waiting the Eid to come, he wanted to ride a horse in Eid, and he wanted to play football with his friends, she couldn't speak more.

I feel her sadness, I can't take away her tears, I don't know what to say,  I wish I can share part of her wrenching pain, I wish I can bring her child back to her again, oh my God there are a lot of pain, so much tragedies, in Syria.

I know that no one can take away the suffering of people, but we must help each other, we must really try to feel the pain of people, especially in Eid al-Adha ( Feast of Sacrifice), to make sad people feel that you are really with them, waiting for them to get back on their feet again.

Mother Teresa said:

“Love is not patronizing and charity isn't about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same -- with charity you give love, so don't just give money but reach out your hand instead.”

When we are born, there's only one thing all of us having in common, we are going to die, we live a short life, we must do something good to others, no matter what car we drive, or how much money we have in the bank, they are meaningless compared of being human, I know you will feel happy by sharing people, their sadness and happiness, don't waste the opportunity, you are still alive, and the Eid is coming, you can change the life of a child with a smile, no matter what problems you have, they could be worse, at least you are living in a home, and many people without, or maybe you have a family who are willing to support you, but many haven't now, if you are healthy, thank God, it is enough to live happy, because many have lost their health.

 At last I say as our prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:

Smiling in your brother’s face is an act of charity.
So is enjoining good and forbidding evil,
giving directions to the lost traveler,
aiding the blind and
removing obstacles from the path.

Butheina Al-Nounou


I love Syria


What do I love about Syria? I love the land, one of the most spectacularly beautiful countries in the world (and I've visited many of them). I love walking our lovely beaches, get over our mountains, seeing the desert skies, walking beside the rivers, swimming and sailing in Lattakia's sea! my beloved Syria "O very beautiful for vast skies, for amber wavering grain, for mountain majesties, above the fruited farms." I love our many diverse cultures, including their music, their food, their art, their sports, and their particular stories and histories.

I especially love our best national values: freedom, opportunity, community, justice, human rights, and equality under the law for all of our citizens of every race, creed, culture, and gender, not just for the rich and powerful.

Two and half years ago Syria was a very beautiful and peaceful place. The mosques call to prayer and the peal of church bells mingled above the buildings of Syria, the world’s oldest continually inhabited capital city, where Syrians liked to boast that Christians and Muslims, as well as people from other sects, they lived side by side in peace and love. People bustled through the markets. Women could stay out safely alone past midnight. Men played backgammon on the pavements with their neighbors, young men played rummy with their friends, even the children they could play safely in the streets. The Syrian accent, spread through the region by the country’s soap operas and drama, conveyed hospitality and simplicity to fellow Arabs.

Syrians take pride in their colorful history. Ancient buildings fill the landscape in old Damascus, from crusader castles to the exquisite Umayyad Mosque, the architectural masterpiece of an empire centered on Damascus that once stretched through north Africa and up into Spain.

I think millions of people, who came to our country have visited Al-Hamidiyah Souk, which is the largest and the central Souk in Syria, it is one of the most important milestones of ancient and modern Damascus where many historical events took place, hundreds of years ago making it a tourist attraction and a very famous market at the same time. I want to ask the millions of Arabs who visited this Souk, if you have forgotten all the beautiful things in our country, can you forget this special Souk, or the prayer in the Umayyad Mosque?.

 Before this crisis in my country, I used to go with my friends, not only to buy things, or to pray in the Umayyad Mosque, but also to watch the hundreds of people, who came from all around the world, specially to this Souk, you know, when we came back home, we feel as if we were in a journey around the world.

Where once you arrive in the souk, you can hear the voices of sellers welcoming its visitors and attracting them to their two-story shops spreading along the two sides of the road separated by archeological pillars decorated with luminous lamps. While you are passing through the souk, you can imagine an aesthetic picture encompassing all the values and elements of enthusiasm and suspense inspired by the alleys of the market which have different names according to the commodity they are specialized in selling. Some of the most important commodities of the market are the oriental artifacts such as mosaic paintings, copper tools, al-Aghabani (a type of cloth), silk, Arab carpets and others.

The people of Syria were also as mosaic paintings, they were the most wonderful treasures featured in around the world.

Did you remember the Umayyad Mosque, where you prayed after your visit to the Souk, I want you to pray with me now, for peace in Syria:

Our God, you witness the war in Syria, we beg you to bring peace to our beloved country, we pray for all who are working for peace, for all the leaders in the world, who hold a thread of control and power, for the religious leaders, to help the citizens who want peace and love.

We beg you God to bring unity to Syrians, to save their country from destruction, to bring reconciliation through truthful dialogue.

Oh my God, we witness now struggles within families, after we were all one family, we pray for the divided family in Syria, to put their hands together to build Syria.

We beg you God to replace love and compassion, in those who have darkened minds, and those who have hate-filled their hearts.

We pray in the name of God, our source of inspiration and confidence, our source of light and love.  Amen.

Butheina Al-Nounou

State Gifts for Martyrs Families

How can we reward those who scarified flesh to offer safety and peace for likes? How can we compensate those who granted their soul to defend ours? Those who forewent everything protecting their homeland's dignity had left wives and children, fathers and mothers.

 We, as people, highly appreciate their sacrifice and respect the families they come from, as they have offered their beloved sons for the sake of Syria's sovereignty and dignity. The state as well does not forget its sons, nor deal with them as victims of the ongoing conflict. It deemed them as heroes who sacrificed their life to give others existence. Therefore through distinct respects, it looks after its citizens and rewards those preserving it.

   The government has seriously assumed its responsibility in taking care of and embracing the martyrs' families, as well as alleviating the suffering and sorrow of their children, wives, and parents. Recently, several new legislations have been taken to compensate parents for the loss of their sons. In this context, government has found what is called the "Martyrs Office" all over the Syrian governorates to take care of the martyrs' families, and as to provide moral and financial assistance.

   To further focus on working process and tasks of the office, ST visited the Martyrs' Office in Homs and met the Head of the office who stated: " The office was set up in the governorate's Secretariat acting in accordance with Workers Basic Law No. 50 of 2004, along with the charitable Presidential decree No. 253 for 2012, that arranges for founding a special administrative center for martyrs in Homs under the name "Martyrs' Office". The main task of that office is to follow up military and civic martyrs' families' diverse affairs and concerns. "

    Highlighting the office main tasks, the "Martyrs' Office" Head stressed that among the most essential tasks of the office are:  To receive and registry all military martyrs families’ requests, as well as those of civic employees victims' families by sending them to the concerned authorities. Second, to follow up all transactions coming to the office regarding pensions and other welfares granted to martyrs' families complying with laws and regulations, and third, to prepare periodic follow up reports in coordination with Administrative Development Directorate in the governorate.

   Furthermore, the head added the Office is a also tasked with giving one appointment place in public bodies, for one member of the military martyr family under annual contracts, besides appointing one member of the civic worker martyrs' family in the public bodies within the Youth Employment Program. According to Presidency Cabinet order No. 869/1 for 15/1/2012, the martyr's father is the one determining  the family member deserving the granted job opportunity if the martyr was single, whereas it is his wife if he was married; stressing that the martyr's family is to benefit from only one work opportunity.

  "Problems facing military martyrs' families' transactions are resolved in communication with each of the Martyrs Office in the Ministry of Defense, Interior Ministry, and relevant public authorities." the official added.

   Concerning  the martyrs families' requests related to their sufferers treatment, the Office Head clarified that several communications were made with charities, as all showed willingness to coordinate with the Martyrs Office  to meet the martyrs' families demands, and help in the search of missing persons; as well as offer all the possible financial and humanitarian aid.

  "The office also organizes periodic honoring festivals for the martyrs' families where nominal financial subsidies are offered. To date, an amount of approximately 19 million SP were allocated to support martyrs' families and affected families as well." he concluded.

Amal Farhat

An Educational failure: child's Intimidation using the Label “doctor”?

 Children launch their day in series of long hours play, during which they are liable to hurt themselves causing serious damage. Thereupon,  parents find themselves forced to restrain them in a way or another, but then again most prefer  intimidation technique as they believe they will reach highest percentage in terms of ensuring end result.

 Noticeably, the stick method is imposing itself excluding the carrot and stick method, meaning that parents have a preference for intimidation method on the carrot one, nonetheless each method has its pros and cons. However, in order not to unjustly accuse parents; we are presenting here below some blameless examples where parents wishes the best for their children but fail in their mission.

The first example, when a mother seeing her child’s insistence of playing harmfully resort in the beginning to a nice prohibition, e.g. by explaining that his fall may cause a wound and drip blood. As it is known children commonly hate and fear the blood color, but he carries on harmfully playing. Another one, when she will kindly remind him that he would be deprived of his daily surprise brought back by his father after work, which could be a delicious sweet or juice can. But here again, all temptation attempts miss the mark, and the mother only find a deadlock, she will at that point exclude the promise language and resort to menace language instead.

Then, subconsciously the example that scares the child jumps to the mother mind. That example influencing the child by awe mixed with an urgent desire to escape from the shadow of the aforementioned, the “doctor”. Next she will vividly incite the image of a doctor holding a needle, wildly piking it in the child's body, causing unbearable pain; and keeps frequently repeating “if you do not stop playing, doctor will come with his horrible needle to pike it in your body then blood will severely shed”. Therefore, the scene suddenly turn from a state of tranquility and self-confidence in the child’s mind, to panic and anticipation tinged with concern and introversion.

The terrified child asks the mother wholeheartedly not to call for the doctor, but his attempts are a total failure in front of his mother 's insistence on calling the doctor.  Though the scene is purely mimetic, we should not forget that the child does not differentiate between drama and reality.

At that moment, the child escapes to Grandma 's lap or find refuge in his big sister sympathy. Eyeing  right and left, whenever the doorbell knocks, imagining the doctor had attended with his lethal needle. Here, the mother begins laughing, pleased with her plan success in dissuading her child from on-going to play.

Dear mothers, bear in mind that terrorizing your children via “doctor” is an unsuccessful educational method, moreover has no relation to education methodology at all. The big question is: how are you going to convince your child to go to a doctor if he is really ill and necessarily needs to see a doctor ?!

 Finally, there are various ways to prevent the child from randomly playing, in order not to hurt himself, but using the “doctor” label as a scarecrow is totally unacceptable. Not to mention the deep scares that may be carved in the child’s soul, growing as a young man, he will a coward afraid from everything  around him. Thus, it would be better if mothers abandon this immoral ancient method, and resort to more modern educational methods belonging to our era, the era of science, knowledge and culture.


Firas Taleb

Translated & Edited by: Lama Al-Hassanieh


The Syrians Insist on Normal Life Despite Threats

The Syrian people insist to live a normal life despite all the threats and dangers they are being exposed to, according to Lukash Goga, the correspondent of the Czech "Bravo" newspaper in Damascus.

In a recent report, the correspondent said people in Damascus look with great respect and appreciation to the soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army starting from their belief that those soldiers are there to protect them.

"Anyone can notice the state of mutual respect between civilians and military personnel everywhere in the city's streets," the Czech journalist said.

"Army soldiers are our sons, they help us, and all people in the streets are pleased to seeing the army so close to protect them whenever they need," the journalist quoted one of the Damascene ladies as saying.

Goga also hailed traders' determination to challenge the obstacles and to continue opening their shops to sell goods to people. He said that life in Damascus is similar to that the Syrian people lived in 2010, that is, before the crisis in Syria began.

The correspondent quoted a shop owner at al-Hamra Street as saying: "Following years of prosperity, the situation was worsened during the past two years. I thought of travelling abroad, but I didn't. So, I stayed because the situation becomes more stable, as people continue to come to the shops to buy their needs.

"Tension and fear never appear s on people's face in Damascus. At the beginning, fear prevailed, particularly after terrorist operations began in the city. However, as the time passes, people overcame their fears and returned to practice their daily life, the Czech journalist said.

H. Mustafa