As violence continues to escalate in Syria, the “voice of Homs” has fled to Lebanon.
Danny Abdul Dayem, 23, a Syrian activist, has spent much of the last month posting YouTube videos to try to alert the international community to the violence in Homs. “This is the life we got used to: rockets, bullets, killing children, dead in the streets, body parts,” he says in a video posted Wednesday. “Why isn’t anyone helping us? Why isn’t anyone doing anything?”
On Monday, as tanks closed in on Dayem’s neighborhood, the young activist fled to Lebanon, CNN reported. Dayem had already been shot once in Homs, in September, the Guardian reported. His parents waited anxiously in Cairo Monday to hear if their son arrived safely:
In the last video Dayem posted before leaving Homs, he stands before burning civilian houses as rockets are heard in the background.
The Arab League on Sunday called for the creation of a joint Arab-United Nations peacekeeping mission, to stop the violence in Syria. Syria has rejected that proposal.
The U.N. estimates that more than 5,400 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising began in March.
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