"I am a refugee"...a tag that tells the tragedies of Syrians around the world and their journeys of asylum

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Syrian activists launched the hashtag #I_Arefugee, to highlight the suffering of millions of refugees in the countries neighboring Syria and the rest of the countries of asylum.


In their tweets, the activists highlighted the hardships and dangers that Syrian refugees experienced during their asylum journeys.


Many Syrians interacted with the hashtag by publishing pictures of their homes and neighborhoods destroyed by the Assad regime's missiles and barrel bombs, which targeted various Syrian regions, in an attempt to dissuade the Syrians from their demand to topple the regime.


Journalist Muhammad Al-Shami, during his interaction with the tag, recalls the journey of displacement from Madaya to Idlib, speaking about the scenes of destruction that he witnessed during that trip by saying: “In 2017, we went out with a convoy of displacement of 3,500 people, and the departure was from Madaya and the end was Idlib,” noting that Scenes of destruction accompanied them all the way, even the areas that were not affected by the bombing were painted in the color of the regime’s war on its people.”


One of the tweets says: I am a refugee because the regime demolished my house, but I will return to it to rebuild it even after a hundred years.


Another tweet pointed out that her refugee journey began on the Lebanese-Syrian border in 2013, where her father was arrested on charges of terrorism for participating in the demonstrations, forcing her to complete the journey without him, and she could not return to Syria because she became the daughter of a "terrorist".


The account of the Molham Volunteer Team confirmed in a tweet that asylum was not an option for the Syrians, but rather “was an unjust displacement, the details of which are painful, its methods are many; but its fate is one.. His heart is merciful."


It is noteworthy that more than half of the Syrian people are forcibly displaced between displaced persons and refugees and are unable to return to their areas, according to a report published by the Syrian Network for Human Rights last June, coinciding with the World Refugee Day.


The network stated in its report that arbitrary arrest, enforced disappearance and torture are one of the main factors that pushed the Syrians to asylum and their unwillingness to return as long as the security services controlled the Syrians.


In addition, the siege of entire areas by the "regime" and its allies and the prevention of aid from entering them in a form of collective punishment, then the conclusion of compulsory reconciliation agreements aimed at displacing their people, prompted tens of thousands of Syrians to search for a safe settlement in the countries of asylum.


According to the estimates of the High Commissioner for Refugees, nearly 13 million Syrians are divided between displaced and refugees, 6 million internally displaced, some of whom have been displaced more than once. In addition to the 7 million refugees, the vast majority of them are borne by neighboring countries