"For our contries". That's the name of this widely shared video produced by two Arabs living in the small town of Södertälje in Sweden. We urge you to see it. It leaves a big mark.
Below is an interview with the producers of the clip published by human rights activist Nuri Kino on his Facebook page:
I guess there is something special with Södertälje, my little hometown in Sweden, again we make headlines. This time it’s Faia and Rihan Younan. Their video clip ”To our countries” has been viewed more than 300 000 times in an only a few days. So sad. So dark. Yet it is hopeful.
They were born in Syria and grew up in Aleppo, a historical city that now has been demolished. At the age of nine Rihan got her first article published in one of the local newspapers. Today she is a journalist.
Faia was born an artist, a singer, and sings whenever and wherever she can. The other day she sang at a demonstration against racism in Stockholm and she really moved the audience.
Faia says: “We saw news in different tv-channels, devastating and horrifying. We wanted to do something. Rihan told me what’s happening in the region. She is the journalist. And I started to sing, for every country she mentioned I came up with a new song.
Rihan: “We try to unite the countries, the ethnicities and religions, not to divide them. We have translated the video into English. We want everybody in the world to understand how we feel and think. I am happy to be living in Södertälje, Sweden. Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac people from all over the Middle East are here, we are represented here and therefore we have a knowledge that very few others posses.”
Others in this project were: Rana Tourani, George Hayrabedian, Fouad Yaghmour Nadine Jazzar and Samer Wastin.