31 5 / 2012
Week 1: Leila Nachawati, Spanish-Syrian human rights activist and communication strategist.
Please join me in welcoming Leila Nachawati who will be the curator for the first week (1 June -> 7 June) of this project.
Leila (@leila_na on Twitter) is a Spanish-Syrian human rights activist and communication strategist. She teaches at Carlos III University in Madrid and contributes to several media outlets. Her blog: leilanachawati.com.
Leila wrote a blog post on her blog explaining a little bit about herself and what she’ll be tweeting about in her week:
After more than a year since the beginning of the Syrian uprising, my personal Twitter account has become mainly devoted to news coming from Syria, where there hasn´t been a single day without a story of tragic death and a story of inspiring courage.
I lived in Damascus in the 80s. I have only returned for vacations since then, but I haven´t forgotten how I went to school dressed in the military uniform children used to wear until very recently. I haven´t forgotten the chants we repeated to honor the leader whom we were taught to view as immortal. I haven´t forgotten the silence and the whispering of adults when children where around. And I will not forget the first time I wrote about Syria, after years writing about everything else and carefully avoiding my father´s country. My country, too. I still have a hard time understanding where Syrians found the courage to break a wall of fear and silence that it took decades to build. My admiration for these people does not fit in a million tweets.
This week the @tweetweeksyria account will be tweeting in Arabic, English and Spanish, probably retweeting in some other (Romanic) languages. Please helps us spread the word about Syrian news so that we can keep attracting more people to the Syrian struggle, which is about freedom, justice and dignity, universal values that we should all defend together. I hope we will soon get to tweet these three words: “Syria is free”.
Meanwhile, here´s the first tweet I will be publishing from the TweetWeekSyria account in a few hours:
“We will never forget you, Bassel. #Syria #FreeSyria”
(If you would like to nominate someone to become the curator for TweetWeekSyria, or if you’d like to nominate yourself, please visit: http://tweetweeksyria.tumblr.com/nominate)
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