Are We Ready For a Real Role Model? {Trigger Warning}

Via Marthe Weyandt
on Aug 28, 2013
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Warning: The following video of a Syrian teen hero is disturbing and may not be appropriate for all viewers.

The video above was captured by CNN reporter Arwa Damon in Aleppo, Syria.

A woman passerby is shot in a part of town known as ‘sniper alley’; her lifeless body lies in the streets. A brave 17 year-old Syrian boy crawls out to the woman (whom he does not know) attaches a rope, and pulls her body to safety. He faces heavy gunfire throughout the ordeal.

“I said to myself, it’s God’s will if I die next to this woman,” he tells a CNN reporter who later interviews him.

This young man shows incredible courage, strength and compassion. He is mature beyond his years. In a world where we sometimes lose track of what is important, he serves as a powerful reminder of the quiet strength and dignity of the human soul under duress.

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Ed: Sara Crolick


About Marthe Weyandt

Marthe Weyandt is a Pittsburgh-based yoga instructor and freelance writer. She enjoys traveling and spending time in the great outdoors. She is currently learning to play guitar, albeit badly and at frequencies only dogs can hear. She believes in the power of the word, creatively and lovingly rendered, to create positive change in the world. She has a Bachelor’s in English and Religion from Dickinson College and a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University. She spent two years as an English instructor with the United States Peace Corps in Madagascar. Check out some of her other work here.


2 Responses to “Are We Ready For a Real Role Model? {Trigger Warning}”

  1. Mark says:

    My wife and I have traveled some. We went through a stage where we visited ancient ruins, Sumerian, Roman, etc.. When we were in Crete Greece (Knossos) our guide encouraged us to go to Syria because some of the best preserved ruins in the world are (or maybe were) in Syria. The picture she painted for us was of a very decent people with an almost non-existent crime rate (due in part to Al-Assad's strict rule). This video doesn't surprise me. It has been my experience that most of the people in the world are very decent people, the kind you would want to be your neighbor. It's the small group of crazy, dangerous, sociopaths that crave power who are the problem.

  2. Marthe Weyandt says:

    Thank you, Mark, for keen observations. I have always wanted to see the ruins in those places, especially along the Mediterranean — I imagine it would have been an incredible trip.

    So true that a small group of people can sometimes cause so much misery for a great population of very decent people. I thought it was very important for the readership of EJ to see this video and to appreciate this young man's incredible act of courage. The victims of these horrible conflicts are normal, decent people — very much like you and I.