Gathered in Somerville, Mass., Bostonians share message for peace and safety with Syrians who sent their condolences the day before.
Six feet of cloth from Goodwill helped Boston return a hopeful message to Syria last Saturday.
Thirteen Tufts University students and Somerville, Mass., residents created a sign about peace and safety for the Syrians who had offered condolences to Boston, after the marathon bombings, on a banner dated April 19.
“I feel like a lot of people express sympathy when bad things happen in America; often we don’t see the same happening from our end to their end,” said Tufts junior Yeehui Tan, 22, who organized creating the Boston banner. “This is a step in changing that.”
The activist group that posted the Syrian sign, Occupied Kafranbel, put the image of the Boston-created banner on their Facebook page Sunday — signaling the message reached Syria. Connection with this group was the goal, Tufts junior SaraMarie Lee Bottaro, 20, said.
With four dead and 282 injured in the Boston Marathon bombing and the police shooting afterward last week, the tragedy represents “a sorrowful scene of what happens everyday in Syria,” the poster from Kafranbel rebels read.
“Boston Marathon bombings were extremely tragic, but they pale in comparison to the violence in Syria,” Bottaro said. “We acknowledge so many others who sent messages and condolences our way who are going through their own tragedies.”
As a photograph of the Syrian poster circulated the Internet on Friday, Tan said reciprocating this international message was the “polite thing to do.” She began to organize the event with Bottaro as soon as Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick lifted the lockdown Friday evening.
Boston’s banner mirrored the layout of that from Syria, both with the date formatted in a day, month, year sequence in red and a black font message above.
Northeastern University graduate student Vicki Gilbert, 25, also drew the note in Arabic as a gesture of respect toward those in Syria. Arabic translation wasn’t exact, but conveyed the English message Tan said she wanted to share.
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