Linda, a thirty year old woman, worked as a news reporter in Damascus. Four years ago, she married Fadi- a thirty four year old man- who had a master’s degree in banking and worked as a bank manager. After their wedding, the couple moved to Homs with big dreams and ambitions for a brighter future.
Soon after beginning their new life in Homs, the Syrian crisis began. Terror prevailed and daily life became increasingly dangerous, so Fadi and Linda were forced to leave everything-memories and all-behind in the old city of Homs.
Linda and Fadi-like the majority of the displaced families- moved to the safer rural side of Homs. At first, they celebrated the very fact of their survival. Days passed, the couple lost their home and jobs. Faced with the limited opportunities before them, Linda and Fadi searched for work in other cities. After Fadi found a banking job in Damascus, the couple moved once again, hoping this time things would get better. Three months later, a terrorist explosion destroyed Fadi’s bank, killing dozens and injuring hundreds. By God’s mercy, Fadi was safe, but the couple struggled to get over the shock. Soon afterwards, they left Damascus and returned to the safety of the village.
Fadi and Linda were depressed.
“I have lost hope in here“. Linda said.
“It’s time for us to leave…we have tried and tried but we got nothing… we can’t just sit and wait until things get better… we have a whole future waiting for us…we deserve to have a better tomorrow!” she continued.
After many trials, the couple obtained a visa to a western country.
“I leave my heart here with you my friends, my family, my beloved country but forgive me I had enough of war… I have to follow my dreams” Linda said.
The couple left with tears of pain but they knew they have to look forward for a better life.
This is the story of my best friend, and it is not just a single story… a lot of people has experienced the same. Three and a half years of the Syrian crisis and the world’s failure to put an end to the war and suffering; many of the Syrians- especially the youth- have lost hope in having a future in here. As a result, many of them resorted to immigration or leaving Syria in illegal ways.
For me, I am not sure if I should be happy for my friend or if I should cry for my country. I knew that Linda and Fadi, with their high education and potential, would have a successful and brighter future out there, but it is still a big loss for us and for our country. It is not easy to say good bye to your best friends. It is so devastating to know that many wonderful people with high qualifications and abilities are not here anymore. Those skills and proficiencies would make a difference in Syria’s future.
Unfortunately, the immigration of high educated youth is in a continuous increase in Syria. Many college students are leaving their study, family and country and sometimes in illegal and dangerous ways. Some of those people were found drowned in the sea as a result of unsafe and dangerous human smuggling. Many of them know how dangerous it can be to leave, but they also know how dangerous it is to stay too. This situation can easily reflect the difficulties and the fear that are captivating the heart of the Syrian people.
It’s really breaking my heart to see Syria losing its educated youth.. yet it is also saddening my core to see the suffering that is pushing these people to make these difficult decisions. Sadly, this is another dark picture of our days. We can’t stop the war but we- as Christ followers- should put our hands together to find ways to keep the hope alive. By doing so, we might be able to encourage the high educated people to stay and to start building our homeland, where we were born and raised.
Syria is in need of its youth for a better tomorrow.