Syrian Red Crescent Volunteers Attacked When Assisting War Victims

Hussain Saad

In the ever-ongoing hell of Syria’s civil, one of the few actors that are actually trying to assist the civil population without having a political agenda of their own, is the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. Throughout the civil war their volunteers have been assisting the victims; driving injured people to the hospital, picking up dead bodies and brining them to the grave yards, treating victims with first aid. The Red Crescent volunteers are unpaid and are carrying out their work for free.

Despite the huge effort from these volunteers – who often are having a job or their studies on the side – they are continuously targeted by one of the militant groups, sometimes even the government forces themselves.

The latest news was translated from Arabic and sent to me by a Syrian friend who has been active in the Red Crescent in Damascus:

15 /05/15 15:43

An ambulance car for the Syrian red Cresent Rural Damascus sub branch – al Domayer sub branch, got a shooting during a mission to drive a patient to a hospital, the team leader get bullet in his head and now he is in the intensive care room. The team leader is a SARC volunteer and his name is Hussain Saad and he is a mechanical engineer student.

I decided to share this news on my site so that Hussain, the mechanical engineer student who dedicated his free time during the civil war to assist suffering people, would not just be another number in the statistics – whether or not he will survive or pass away. Another Syrian whose case will go unnoticed.

Sweden and the Middle East Views Receives Jeffster Awards


For the blog post “I Dream to See My Country Iraq Again, Receiving People from All Over the World“, Sweden and the Middle East Views received Jeffster awards from my fellow blogger Jeff Nguyen.

The blog post that wrote about the person behind Tourism in Iraq, Dr Nawar Al Saadi was widely shared on Facebook. It reached the ambassador of Iraq in Bucharest, Romania, who was so impressed by Nawar’s struggle to do something good for his home country, that he invited him over to the embassy to award for him for his achievements for Iraq.

Thank you for the award, Jeff!

Sweden and the Middle East Views Receives Community Heart Award


My fellow blogger Barbara, who has the blog Idealistic Rebel, has nominated me to the Community Heart Award. About the award the creator has said:

community is a social unit of any size that shares common values. Although embodied or face-to-face communities are usually small, larger or more extended communities such as a national community, international community and virtual community are also studied.

In human communities, intentbeliefresourcespreferencesneedsrisks, and a number of other conditions may be present and common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness.

Since the advent of the Internet, the concept of community has less geographical limitation, as people can now gather virtually in an online community and share common interests regardless of physical location. Prior to the internet, virtual communities (like social or academic organizations) were far more limited by the constraints of available communication and transportation technologies.

One broad definition which incorporates all the different forms of community is “a group or network of persons who are connected (objectively) to each other by relatively durable social relations that extend beyond immediate genealogical ties, and who mutually define that relationship (subjectively) as important to their social identity and social practice”

Thank you so much dear Barbara. Even a blogger needs love sometimes.


Sweden and Middle East Blog receives Liebster Award!

liebsterThis blog has received it’s first award from fellow blogger Social Justice! Thank you! I’m very grateful and happy to pass on the nomination to other “up and coming” bloggers

Here is what the award is about:

Liebster Awards go to “up and coming” bloggers with less than 200 followers.  The origins of this award are unclear and are simply given by fellow award nominees to blogs that inspire them and that they enjoy reading.  “Liebster” means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome in German.

When you get a Liebster Award nomination, you can choose to accept it by doing these things:

1. Share 11 facts about yourself.

2. Answer 11 questions posed by your nominator

3. Nominate 11 bloggers and pose the same 11 questions to them.

11 facts about me:

1. My favourite hobby is to lie in bed and watch RnBvideos on Youtube

2. Next after that, to read the news

3. Then if I have money, to go shopping

4. Then, to have coffee

5. And I bring Swedish coffee with me wherever I go

6. I have a thing for the comedian Spacejamgardenz (

7. I spend way too much money on my hair

8. I also have a bad habit of playing with my hair when talking, according to my mom

9. I was a high school drop-out

10. But I made it to university in the end anyhow

11. I’m short, hardly making it to 5 feet (But less is more, right?)

11 Questions:
1. What musical artist are you listening to these days?
Drake (I haven’t made it out of my teens, I know)

2. If you could be any animal, what would you be? Why?
A street cat so I could fight with other street cats

3. What do you say when your (or someone else’s) kid asks you why the sky is blue?
I don’t know, ask your teacher

4. Favorite Food?

My own!

5. If $$ were no object, where would you travel on your next vacation?
Somewhere with white, sandy beaches and nothing to do but getting a tan

6. How do you like your eggs?
In any way

7. Favorite Reality TV Show?
I’m a humanitarian aid worker, don’t need one

8. What was your very first job?
Sorting out mail for minimum wage over the winter holidays

9. What book is on your nightstand right now?
Jouaman Haddad – “Superman is an Arab”

10. What’s your guilty pleasure?
Harassing racist groups online

11. At what age is your earliest memory?

2 years and 10 months

Blogs I am nominating (I could only come up with 9 blogs with less than 200 followers, but here’s a few smart blogs with something to say, that I definitely think fits the criteria for the Liebster award):

Yusef Wateef Adventurer

Failure to Listen

Al-Must’arib (the vocational Mossarab)

Kristina Sälgvik Photography

Dreaming of a Colorful Future

The Political Vagina

Kattdagis (in Swedish)

Konsten att strula till ett liv (in Swedish)