Video Asks Asma Assad To Help Stop Syrian Conflict
STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
Earlier this week, two women took a new approach to raising awareness about Syria's crackdown. The wives of the British and German ambassadors to the United Nations appealed to Syria's first lady with a video on YouTube.
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SHEILA LYALL GRANT: This is a letter to Asma al-Assad, signed by women all over the world.
INSKEEP: Their video shows a clip of Asma al-Assad, the Syrian first lady, from before the uprising, speaking to a room full of children.
ASMA AL-ASSAD: We all deserve the same thing. We should all be able to live in peace, stability, and with our dignities.
INSKEEP: And then the video contrasts her own words with graphic images of children killed or injured over the past year. The Syrian first lady has kept silent about the violence sweeping her country. The narrator calls on Asma al-Assad to stop being a bystander, and to stop her husband and his supporters from continuing the conflict.
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