In a Single Snapshot, a Syrian Story is Revealed with Grace and Pride
My great-grandparents Edward and Matilda (pictured here) emigrated to the US from Aleppo, Syria in 1906 and 1911 respectively. In fact, all four of my great-grandparents on my father’s side came from Aleppo. Until recently, most Americans had never heard of this city in Syria.
But I grew up learning Aleppo’s rich heritage via recipes passed down through our family and from hearing my grandparents speaking Arabic to each other. I’m proud of my Syrian heritage.
So seeing Aleppo destroyed, her citizens killed or driven out, often ignored by the world, has been heartbreaking for me.
I share my family’s story in hopes that other families will include charitable organizations in year-end giving, particularly those that are aiding refugees and the people of Syria.
~shared by @meredithhazan