[QODLink]
Europe

Syrian conflict's pain felt in rural Ireland

Couple who lost a son fighting Assad's regime want international leaders to see the world above national interests.

Last Modified: 10 Apr 2013 16:02
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

The family home of Hudhaifa Elsayed in Ireland has turned into something of a shrine to one more martyr in the open-ended Syrian conflict, pitting opposition fighters against the forces of President Bashar al-Assad.

However, through their sadness Elsayed's 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 scare-mongering in much of the world. But his parents say Hudhaifa was nobody's extremist.

They said he had left their home in rural Ireland, where his father is a surgeon, to travel to Turkey for a conference and that he had become drawn into the Syrian crisis through meeting refugees.

He died, they said, rescuing someone else who had been shot.

As foreign ministers from G8 countries meet representatives from the Syrian opposition in London 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.

173

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.