Kafranbel’s got talent: the young Syrian activists show their sense of humor
For a small town in the North of Syria, Kafranbel has made a big name for itself internationally. While the nearby city of Idlib has seen some of the worst bombings of the Syrian conflict, the young men of this town have maintained their sense of humor.
Always sarcastic and sometimes dark, their messages to the outside world show their astute understanding of the powers at play in the Syrian war. Kafranbel activists not only react to the war within but also to the news stories around them.
When John Kerry was appointed new secretary of state in the U.S., they were already out on the streets with their message to him. And when Arabs across the region reacted with fury to the anti-Islam b-list movie, the Syrian satirists were quick to point out the obvious: “Why all the fuss about a film when thousands were being killed in their country?”
But of course their main target is Syria and the world’s lack of response to their suffering. The guys from Kafranbel are hoping that a witty take on their war will spur on the international community more than a thousand images of bloodshed ever could.
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