Abdul Mohammed | Syria

Abdul Mohammed lived in Syria but moved following the war. He's read comments and posts from the Burnet News Club and replied. Read what he had to say.

You said...

If Britain does not intervene soon terrorist groups will become more powerful as they take advantage of the chaos of war to seize more land. If the Britain refuses to come then Mr Assad will continue to destroy his land and kill his people and he can be even killed.

Britain could end the killing by using its air force and its powerful weapons. It could end the war. They would allow people to go to their homes. Britain could save more people by sending them aid such as food and fuel. Britain could even give them powerful weapons to destroy the terrorism. This would at least reduce suffering of people. I guess not only people but also other countries should take action.

STAR ARIANA REPORTER – Villiers High School

Abdul responded...

Dear Star Ariana Reporter,

That is a very good point, UK and other countries wasted a very good opportunity to stop this from escalating and gave the terrorist more room and time to expand their land control and increase their fighting power.

This intervention would have stopped all the suffering and the displacement of more than 8 million Syrian, whom now live in either refugee camps in neighbouring countries or made the trip to mainland Europe.

You said...

Is it possible to have a leader all sides support?

Ravenclaw Reporter, Malcolm Arnold Academy

Abdul responded...

Dear Ravenclaw Reporter,

Sadly that is easy said than done, where I come from it is difficult for the minority to accept what most of us or the majority might wish to have as a leader. In the middle of this bloodshed it is nearly impossible for all sides to come to an agreement on who should lead Syria out this chaos. The suffering has to stop therefore all sides at some stage have to agree on transitional leader then they might accept the result of ballot papers at some stage later.

You said...

I feel so sorry for the people in Syria because it is not fair that they cannot enjoy their lives. We can enjoy our lives. It should be fair that the people in Syria should be able to have their freedom too. We need to have some sympathy and realize that they don’t need to be forced to leave their homes and live on the cold streets.

P-boy108, Cardwell Primary School

Abdul responded...

Dear P-boy108,

That is very kind of you and I am sure all Syrians will be very grateful for such sympathy and support. Mainly here I would like to mention the children whom lost their childhood, school, family and playing ground. On top of that, they will have various psychological problems when they grow up because what they have been through and what they have seen on the street of Syria and neighbouring countries.

You said...

I think there is always a reason for civil war. And for this reason of civil war is because what started five years ago when Syria had a drought and that’s when there is not a lot of water and that made Syrian people start to demand other things. And the Syrian government had a choice to listen or not. So people started to protest and the only way to stop it was to use violence. Then people started to split up into groups which are the Syrian Government and the Syrian Rebels. So that’s how the war began. And in my opinion I think the people of Syria should had never protested for more because the Government where doing as much as they can. Also the Syrian Government should have never used violence to stop the protesters.

PhantomRaven#1 , Ravenscroft Primary School

Abdul responded...

Dear PhantomRaven#1, 

I may have to correct you here, it wasn’t civil war to start with, all started with 14 years old boy from Daraa, a city south of Syria, who wrote slogan graffiti on the wall. This boy was detained by the security forces, interrogated, tortured and died as result of that. This was the starting point of the uprising, peaceful protesting demanding freedom, freedom of speech and to bring an end to emergency law. You are absolutely right about that the Syrian government should not have used violence to stop the protesters and I have to add here that protesters shouldn’t have taken arms and fought back. Until this point, it wasn’t a civil war. I have to disagree with you about that Syrian should have never protested, it was peaceful to start with, you can’t see 14 years old boy tortured and not do anything about it. The demand wasn’t that impossible for the government to respond to, but things went out of hand and we are where we are now.

 You said...

Why should we get involved when Syria can sort their own problems out?

Lionheart121, St Peter’s Primary School

Abdul responded...

Dear Lionheart21,

No one wishes to see others, men, woman and children getting killed for no apparent reason. You are right that Syrian should sort out their own problems. However, we need help from others, these others will help bring all parties together to stop the killing, stop the suffering and start some sort of peace talk.

 You said...

Well I think we should help but we shouldn’t. Look, if we help we will save HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF LIVES and make the Syrian protectors stronger and more withstand able (by having good bullet resistant armour) we have been sending items to the rebels so why don’t we continue?

But should we continue? It depends, because if ISIS or even worse the Syrian government gets hold of those weapons, ammo and armour, the rebels are doomed to die. As well Russia, (biggest country in the world) will send their powerful army to us the U.K to fight of and we won’t be able to help the rebels.

Why did this war begin? Because of the Syrian government because they ignored the civilians at the moment of the drought so I think we should help the rebels overcome the corrupt Syrian Government.

Dark Raven ~#1, Ravenscroft Primary School

Abdul responded...

Dear Dark Raven, this civil war started when a 14 years old boy from Daraa, a city south of Syria, wrote slogan graffiti on the wall. This boy was detained by the security forces, interrogated, tortured and died as result of that. This was the starting point of the uprising, peaceful protesting demanding freedom, freedom of speech and to bring an end to emergency law. The government used violence trying to stop the protesters but no success, and when protesters start arming themselves things went out of hand and the civil war start.

This civil war started when a 14 years old boy from Daraa, a city south of Syria, wrote slogan graffiti on the wall. This boy was detained by the security forces, interrogated, tortured and died as result of that. This was the starting point of the uprising, peaceful protesting demanding freedom, freedom of speech and to bring an end to emergency law. The government used violence trying to stop the protesters but no success, and when protesters start arming themselves things went out of hand and the civil war start.

I think you are right; we should not let the ISIS put their hands on very good and powerful weapons. Having said that, in order to stop the killing and the suffering something needs to be done by the powerful international community. The UK and other could help bring this war to an end.

 You said...

I think England should not get involved because they could bring war to their country. I think that England helped because they have sent food and supplies to Syria. I think that people in Syria should believe in what religion they want to believe and not make other people such as the Islamic State to tell them what religion they should follow.

Friendlycat232, North Beckton Primary School

Abdul responded...

Dear Friendlycat232, 

The UK has helped the Syrians peoples a lot. Donations, medical supply, food and load of other things have been donated by the British peoples and collected by charities. Charities such as British Red Cross, Save the Children and Oxfam are very much involved in helping Syrians. This help does help reduce the suffering but doesn’t stop the war and the killing, and that is way I think England and others could help to bring this war to an end, this could be done by diplomacy/talking and not fighting/war and that for sure will not cause any war here in England.

Friendlycat, you are right about the Islamic State, no one has the right to tell anybody else what religion they should follow. It is about the Freedom of choice, and that was one reason for this war, peoples want to have freedom of choice, expression. Furthermore, I thought we should always respect others’ choices; we can only rebuild Syria when we have more tolerance and respect toward each other. We urgently need the war and the killing to stop. Then with the help of others, we might start a new chapter on living together, respect each other and tolerate our differences.

34 Comments

  1. Ainthorpe Primary School Ainthorpe Primary School

    In my opinion, there was a perfectly good reason for this war. The Syrian people demanded something basic,water, which shouldn’t have been ignored. Thanks to them it has now turned into a huge war which is only civil. If Britain gets involved more than it already has, it could very easily and quickly turn into one big war.
    redsparkle3000

    • I agree with you redsparkle3000! We don’t want to upset Russia because President Putin is an ally of President Assad. It could lead to bigger problems.
      Purple Pug 55.

  2. Crampton Primary School Crampton Primary School

    I do not think that the UK should get involved in the Syrian conflict because we will only make the war worse. Sending soldiers there will increase the amount of deaths and we should leave them to fight their own conflict. If we get involved by helping the rebels and civilians, we could find that Russia is an enemy. They are on President Asaad’s side and he is fighting against the civilians and rebels. We should wait a year to make sure that we do not make any bad decisions but at the same time I think we should send support to them such as food, water and medicine because more deaths cannot continue.
    violinartist9 Crampton primary school

  3. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    I agree

  4. Crampton Primary School Crampton Primary School

    What will happen if we get involved? A BIGGER WAR THATS WHAT!!!!! We should stop helping as countries will take sides and we might start World War Three. Well at least its not Hitler this time;)! Syria didn’t ask for much but it has lead to this. We should go over what we have done! A bit of this a bit of that. We’ve done that too but a great big war didn’t start. Lets think about the war.

    NewsLight

  5. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    In my opinion we should help the government in Syria, due to the fact that once one side of the war has won the country will be more peaceful and people won’t want to seek refuge in our country. After this has been accomplished, both groups could overthrow ISIS and there will be less terror related attacks,

    YellowGorgon.

  6. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    lionheart123 I agree in some aspects with your point however many human qualities are based around caring and sharing eg: “The UN Charter sets out four main purposes: Maintaining worldwide peace and security. Developing relations among nations. Fostering cooperation between nations in order to solve economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian international problems.”. Possibly not just Great Britain, but the United Nations as their collective man/fire power is on an invincible scale.

  7. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    lionheart123 I agree in some aspects with your point however many human qualities are based around caring and sharing eg: “The UN Charter sets out four main purposes: Maintaining worldwide peace and security. Developing relations among nations. Fostering cooperation between nations in order to solve economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian international problems.”. Possibly not just Great Britain, but the United Nations as their collective man/fire power is on an invincible scale.

    Jaffa145

  8. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    To Friendlycat232 I agree that people should have the freedom of religion, but I disagree with that we should get involved with the war in Syria. I think this because we are all humans and surely every human life is worth saving, also we have in the last century fought two world wars in the name of liberty and freedom of speech. Surely fighting this despotic and evil leader, and mad religious extremists is worth the freedom of millions of repressed people and we should not be so selfish to say that we should not get involved in a other countries war WHEN WE CAN AND WE SHOULD.

    Golden Dragon

  9. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    Friendlycat232, I do not agree that Britain shouldn’t get involved with the Syrian conflict. Although we have already got involved, we can still do more to help. We send clean water, food, blankets and medical supplies to the major cities in Syria, but do you ever see Britain sending supplies to the small Syrian towns and villages?

    Finland and the UN have brought up an appeal to use 8 billion dollars to meet humanitarian needs across Syria. So do you think that we should not send these supplies to Syria, in fear of bringing the war to England? Syrian refugees are still coming to Britain, which would still have a chance of bringing the conflict to us. So why shouldn’t we do something which would have the same effect?

    VulneraSanentur4

  10. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    lionheart123 i disagree because with your point because if we don’t help syria we wouldn’t help other conflicts either and then we would have troops sat here doing nothing.
    by sending them out we are saving innocent lives and hopefully ending the conflict quicker.
    🙂
    by Santa192837

  11. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    Star Ariana Reporter, i absolutely agree with your point, it is very important to help the sufferers of other countries because if someone does not do something now then it will only get worse and worse until the Syrian people are wiped out completely. If/when that ever happens where would the terrorists go next will they drop everything and turn good or will they move into a different country and start attacking them innocent people. 7 countries in total are fighting against ISIS hoping to make a difference in this attack and they are it is just very difficult and Syria can get all the help they can need.

    put yourself in their position for example you would want all the help you can get to stop all the people you know and love and everyone else getting hurt and even killed.

    TheCatInTheHat5

  12. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    I partially agree with STAR ARIANA REPORTER, yes Britain is capable of contributing to taking down terrorist stunts, however, we would need to get the help of our allies, aka Australia, America and an assortment of other European countries. If all of these countries and leaders went to war, havoc and mayhem would ensue. Also, you speak about how countless Syrian people’s deaths could be prevented by Britain and allies intervening, yet on the other hand, if we did get involved, Russia, a country with one of the deadliest and prestigious fighter-planes and military who is facing a geopolitical problem and needs to help the Syrian government to get access to Syrian ports and solve their problem, could easily kill MANY people if they tried to access the war-torn country.

    Another cool comment from,
    -MoonlightLeviosa8

  13. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    Lionheart121. I agree with you because the UK has got some of their own problems to sort out. For example, our NHS. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38853707
    shows that 9 out of 10 hospitals are overcrowded in the UK. This shows that there are too many patients coming in and there are not enough beds. This means that the UK should be spending more money on beds for our citizens. This is bad because it means that there is less money for the UK government to send out to Syria for its citizens to spend on food, drink and medication. I do not think that they should be given money for weapons or armoury because it will just make the situation worse. I feel bad that it might be too difficult to help both British and Syrian citizens because there is just not enough money to go around. I hope that your family is OK.
    BlueWhale1

  14. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    to lionheart121
    I think that to an extent syria should sort out their own problems, but this is a very fragile issue, and
    terrorism is a problem for everyone and all countries should have a part in at least the eradication of isis. On the other hand a civil war is a civil and is within a country, so we should leave the government, and the rebels to themselves and should put all of our efforts in syria into just ISIS but we should do this very carefully because if someone who is a suspected terrorist is then killed, all their family and all their friends will probably hate us and will be looking for a way to get revenge, which would probably cause them to turn to extremism and therefore ISIS, which could mean that we have entered an endless loop of creating and destroying terrorism at the same time.

    SUPADUPA123

  15. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    Lionheart121, I think that your comment is true and that Syria should sort their own problems out. Although they should sort it out, they may not be able to sort it out themselves

    pineapplehead

    • Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

      Syria might not be able to find it out because their reserves will have been used up and they won’t be able to find any more.

      pineapplehead

  16. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    P-boy108 I agree that the people of Syria should be pitied. Living under a totalitarian dictatorship must be horrific. Also I agree that people should not have to be forced from their homes but this can be only solved by military force added by international and economical pressure against Syria and so called Islamic State.

    Golden Dragon

  17. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    friendlycat232 I agree and disagree with your question. yes we do give loads of non lethal supplies food and medicines etc and if we join i feel like this war could escalate whatever side we choose. However england has a lot problems as well like NHS and brexit but when you look at the funding for NHS and syria the NHS gets 116.4 billion pounds a year and syria a mere 37 billion.
    goldrhino

  18. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    By economic pressure I mean sanctions these have been successful in the past such as in South Africa where it helped end the partite. Also sanctions against North Korea have almost definitely helped stop them invading South Korea.

    Golden Dragon

  19. i think your comment was brilliant

  20. I think your dicition is wise

    • Thanks for your comment, Wold Academy! I’m a bit confused – what do you mean?

      Please reply to this comment with your pseudonym.

  21. St Mary's and St John's Church of England School St Mary's and St John's Church of England School

    I think if Britain get involved we might make the war bigger and Assad might start bombing us and even more people will die so I don’t think it is good idea in that sense. However if we DO help we will be, hopefully, putting an end to this long war. I really want to do this because it is very touching to know that people just like us are going through such trauma just because one man, Assad, can not give up his title to stop blood spilling. Please get back to me as soon as possible.

    peace707

  22. Dear Lionheart121, We have read your comment and we believe that Britain should get involved with the war in Syria because we think it would help. We believe that if we help these innocent civilians, it will help them rebuild their lives to make it even better. We believe that sending the civilians resources would benefit them majorly because it will allow them to stay as healthy as possible in the given situation. On the other hand, we are aware that if we send people in to help it could make our army less effective if anything was to happen to our country. We also believe that everybody needs to concentrate on getting rid of the Islamic State as they are a threat to all of our countries if they get any more powerful.
    Class 5M

  23. Whole class comment with several views:

    I believe that there is a lot of money being spent on Syria’s conflict, which is not showing positive results. Therefore, I believe that the money could be spent on charities or other aid groups rather than weapons, which are causing mass destruction. (rugbychamp)

    I have read a comment that says, “There is always a reason for civil war.” I am in the middle for this, as some people may just start a war for no reason, however I also can appreciate that there is a reason for war. For this civil war, I think that it could be resolved in a different way. (dancekitty)

    My opinion is that Britain should be involved with the conflict in Syria, as there are normal families who are being harmed in this war. If we don’t do anything about this, this may get worse and Britain may be able to slow or prevent the deaths or harm that is occurring. (rugbywar)

  24. Dear Peace 707, It was great to hear your comments. In my opinion, I think we should help the rebels because they are fighting for their country and all they want is freedom and democracy. Also, if we don’t join in and offer humanitarian intervention, innocent people who have human rights too, will die. It’s totally unfair! Why should we live in this country, while others are being tortured for their beliefs in another country and are forced to make the choice to leave their beloved home.
    5CO

  25. I agree with you because we dont want to get terrorists to get biger