As Syria is being ripped to pieces by civil war, and Americans fight over the controversial travel ban implemented through President Donald Trump’s executive order, many are left searching for some kind of light hidden in the darkness.
In darkness there is always light, and Audrey Assad a Christian singer/songwriter who culturally identifies as Syrian, reminded the world of this when she shared her personal story with the public.
Audrey Assad’s father is a Syrian refugee, forced to flee the country with his mother years ago. The Assad family came to the United States for protection, with hopes to start anew, according to the 33-year-old singer.
Her homeland remains in turmoil as opposition forces fight against President Assad’s regime. In response, the recording artist and mother is using her biggest power to give a voice to the voiceless,
— Chika Anyanwu (@chikasworld) January 29, 2017
She told TheBlaze in a recent interview,”I carry a burden for it, and I’m thankful to do so.”
“In spite of the distance that we have physically from it, I sit there at home — almost every day — catching up on what’s happening in the different cities in Syria and weep with grief because of how many innocent people are caught in those battles,” Assad said.
In late January, the mother first openly shared her family’s Syrian heritage in a six-minute vimeo video that also addressed her faith and the importance of helping Syrian refugees.
“I felt this lament, this mourning and an identification with the Syrian people, my people,” when the civil war first broke out, she explained.
In response to the outcries of Syrians, the lyricists is stressing the importance of helping and she even provided her own personal example when she had to roll quarters, eating off of the Wendy’s dollar menu for weeks in order to survive.
The singer also shared her solidarity with immigrants and refugees by boycotting Trump’s ban with hundreds of other Tennesseans in recent weeks.
📷 by @jesse_baker I was so warmed and overwhelmed by standing in solidarity last night with so many of my fellow Tennesseans. It can be easy for me to lose sight of the peace on earth that already exists, living and breathing, in our midst. It was a gift to gather and say to refugees and immigrants—"Welcome. We want you here. We all belong." #weallbelong
In the Instagram post, the artist shared this message: “I was so warmed and overwhelmed by standing in solidarity last night with so many of my fellow Tennesseans. It can be easy for me to lose sight of the peace on earth that already exists, living and breathing, in our midst. It was a gift to gather and say to refugees and immigrants— ‘Welcome. We want you here. We all belong.'” #weallbelong