What to do next as Syrian-Canadians are fearful about the fate of their country

She spends her days monitoring Facebook, scanning Arab language news feeds, video links ...anything to track what might be happening to loved ones in Homs. Her fears speak to the reality of countless Syrian Canadians, horrified at the pictures coming out of the major cities, desperate to see them helped. Today, we bring you her story and the thoughts of a panel of Syrian-Canadians with differing ideas on what-to-do to stop the bloodshed and start anew.



Part Two of The Current

What to do next as Syrian-Canadians are fearful about the fate of their country

We started this segment with a clip from an unverified video posted on YouTube this week, apparently from the Syrian city of Homs. The Syrian military says its been trying to crush what it calls terrorists in the city since Friday. The voice in the tape is purportedly that of the cameraman, filming from a rooftop. He says the district of "Baba Amr is under intense attack!". He's clearly under extreme stress and keeps saying "God is Great".

He's likely right to be afraid. Activists say that more than 300 people have been killed since Friday. And they fear it may get worse. China and Russia vetoed a UN resolution calling for President Bashar Al Assad to step down. Opposition activists in Syria believe that may have given the regime the green light for more violence.

Here in Canada, a Syrian-Canadian woman named Marwa has been in anguish watching Syria unravel. She lives in Missisauga and has family in Homs. We're withholding Marwa's last name to protect her identity because she fears her family in Syria could be targeted.

What to do next as Syrian-Canadians are fearful about the fate of their country

With the U.N. Security Council dead-locked over the issue, Syrian-Canadians struggle to find a strategy to end to the bloodshed. Osama Kadi is the President of the Syrian-Canadian Council and a member of the Syrian National Council, the umbrella group representing most of the opposition to President Bashar Al Assad. He was in London, Ontario. Christopher Assad is the Past President of the Syrian Arab Association of Canada and the President of the Coalition of Arab-Canadian Professional and Community Associations. He was in Ottawa. And Afra Jalabi is a Syrian-Canadian activist and a member of the Syrian National Council. She was in Montreal.

This half-hour was produced by The Current's Pacinthe Mattar and Gord Westmacott.

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