For Syria, When Night Comes
Night is not my friend Whenever she comes morning becomes a dream She is dark like soot
She comes with the owls hissing in crooked heights And toads croaking in blood stained waters Asking, "When did we earn this?"
And the vultures sitting on branches of dead woods Answering, "If he kills you one by one, pray hard And leave the streets alone to the devil."
When the shells pound And owls stops hissing And the croaking toads are silenced in awe
And the vultures sitting on branches of dead woods answering, "If he kills you one by one, pray hard and leave the streets alone to the devil."
And the walls tremble And earth shakes We look up to heaven
But our voices are faint and timid The streets were not our homes And the square was not our masjids
Editor's Note: "For Syria, When Night Comes" is a reminder to people everywhere that the people of Syria desperately need our help. More than 4.8 million Syrians have fled to Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, and Jordan.
More than 6.6 million citizens are displaced within the borders of Syria. Over 1 million refugees are hoping for asylum in the West. Though beautiful and powerful, prayers and thoughts are not enough. We must support our national and international charities.
We must take action in any way we can by sharing news about Syria, welcoming refugees, writing to our politicians, and becoming part of a real solution. We must do this for Syria and for the integrity of our world.
Financial aid for Syria and its people is urgently needed! Please consider donating to these agencies: UNHCR: The UN Refugee Agency
Save the Children: Children of Syria
Syria Relief: Providing aid to the most hard to reach places in Syria
World Food Programme: Syria emergency
UNICEF: For every child in danger
Also, be sure to download this free Activist Toolkit from Amnesty International so you can learn more about the refugee crisis and how to write a local council resolution in support of welcoming refugees into your community.