The Syrian town of Kafr Anbel sent a message to Boston, in the immediate aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. Boston has now sent a message back.
The Syrian message was actually part of a larger demonstration against Assad, and one group had a sign for Boston, it read:
Boston bombings represent a sorrowful scene of what happens everyday in Syria. Do accept our Condolences – The Syrian Revolution, April 19, 2013
As background to the Syrian message, Syria is in the midst of a terrible civil war in which the United Nations concluded government troops are torturing and raping children.
Here’s a video of the anti-Assad protest with the sign for Boston:
In the past, the same demonstrations usually carry anti-Assad messages, in English – thus the message in English this time, but with a twist. Here’s a typic anti-Assad sign in English from an earlier protest in Kafr Anbel:
And here’s what the Bostonians wrote in response:
Friends in Syria – we too hope for the safety of your families and for peace. Love, Boston April 20, 2013
Here’s a picture of the two signs:
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— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) April 22, 2013
Here’s a better view of the sign the Bostonians wrote in reesponse: