Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Syria   From Al Jazeera 

The family home of Hudhaifa Elsayed has turned into something of a shrine to his memory, one more martyr in the open ended Syrian crisis. But through their sadness his parents remain defiantly proud of him, his legacy, and his motivations. Images on the internet paint a stereotypical picture, the kind of thing that is used as propaganda and scaremongering in much of the world. But his parents say Hudhaifa was nobody's extremist. They said he'd left their home in rural Ireland, where his father's a surgeon, to travel to turkey for a conference and that he'd become drawn into the Syrian crisis through meeting refugees. He died, they said, rescuing someone else who'd been shot. Ss the diplomats meet again for what promises to be another circular conversation, the message from this family is for governments to look to their consciences, to see the world above national interests. Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee reports from Ireland.