All of the traveling, speaking at events, telling my story over and over, the meetings in DC, and with think tanks, talking to the media, and all of the other things that I have been doing here in the United States since I arrived finally felt like they were beginning to pay off for Syria when I got an invitation from the lovely Ambassador Samantha Power to attend the United Nations Security Council session about the vote for the resolution on the war crimes in Syria.
I travelled to New York City the night before the UNSC meeting, along with some amazing Syrian activists.The US Mission to the UN offered lots of help in getting us to the meeting.They took care of the details to make sure that everything would go well and thank God, it did.
We went inside the hearing at 10:00 AM and as expected, the Russian and Chinese ambassadors used their veto for the fourth time against efforts to help put an end to the suffering of the Syrian people. After the veto, Ambassador Power gave a historical speech exposing the brutality of this veto. In the middle of her speech, she started reading my notes about some of the horrors that I’ve witnessed from the Assad regime. She asked me to stand up while she was speaking and so I did.
It felt like we had a voice for the first time at the UNSC. I heard the echo of my memories resonating inside the ears of diplomats and people of many different languages and skin colors. It felt like the world had finally started to find and read some of our messages in bottles. Ambassador Power was the first person who had the courage to open and read one of those messages from the Syrian people.
I hope that more people and officials will start picking up our bottles, pulling out our messages, reading them and responding to the continual SOS calls from the Syrian people to the world.
(See Ambassador Power’s speech beginning at 17:00)