A family massacred in Homs, Syria

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According to World Crunch, 11 members of the Bahadour family were murdered- including five children- by those loyal to the Syrian regime.

According to the article, which was written by Mani, who was in Homs when the atrocity happened on January 26, “the bodies of five young children are lined up between the body of their father and five women. Half the skull of a little girl has been blown off, apparently from being shot point blank. A little boy was shot in the head from behind and the bullet exited through his left eye socket. A male nurse loosens the sheets that the bodies of three other children are wrapped in to show me their slit throats. I take photographs of the bodies.”

It continues, “Afterwards I go into the [medical] facility and I’m led to the two children who have survived. Ali, 3, trembles with terror. Ghazal, a little girl of four months, stops crying when she’s hugged. She had been shot in the leg.”

“Two other members of the family escaped death because they were not home at the time of the killings.”

There were seven attackers belonging to loyalist forces, according to a 60-year-old neighbor who witnessed the massacre. The man continued, “the seven men were able to leave the house under protective fire from soldiers positioned outside, get into an armored vehicle and disappear.”

So many innocent lives lost- it honestly saddens my soul.  Thousands, if not tens of thousands, of lives are lost at the hands of vicious armed men.  Too much potential is drained from this world, and for what?

There are so many countries around the world, including Syria, fighting for a cause. In some countries people fight for change using words and protests; however, in others violence and death is the norm.  This disparity perplexes me, and saddens my heart.  Change CAN happen without death and murder plaguing a nation.

All I want to know, is how can so many rebel leaders/loyalist leaders/whoever is fighting a cause, look at so many innocent lives and think “they deserve to die?”


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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