I’ve been reading accounts of what’s happening in Syria on Twitter and this person’s tweets stood out to me because they sound like poetry, in the best and worst and most heartbreaking way. They can be found @AmalHanano and wrote all of these words. I just re-typed them.
Don’t worry. Soon images and videos will stop coming out of #Aleppo. We will stop bombarding you with our gruesome images and horrific stories.
Soon #Aleppo will fade to darkness. Soon you’ll hear only one story once more. You’ll no longer be “confused” on what’s going on in #Syria.
Soon you will be told a simply narrative of a secular government with a westernized president who was fighting terrorists. And finally won.
They will say, we only killed the bad ones. They will say, the rest love us. They will show you a sea of flags and deafening chants. And say,
“Do you see now? We told you.” And you will say, “Now we understand.” And you will know nothing.
When the videos and images stop coming out of Syria, you should be terrified. It means that public genocide has become private once more.
We know what it’s like to live in silence. In darkness. With our truth buried within us. We will slowly learn to go back to that existence.
But don’t think we will ever forget these years. When people paid with their blood to speak their truth. You should never forget either.