A group of youth in Ottawa worked with peers in Eastern Ghouta to create #Salt4Syria, a social media campaign.
#Salt4Syria challenges youth to show solidarity with their Syrian peers in Eastern Ghouta. The campaign, created by youth between the ages of 12 and 16, offers a number of ways for people to participate.
Taste The Bitterness of War
Participants can show support for young Syrians under siege by filming themselves tasting a pinch of salt, and sharing the video online. In taking #Salt4Syria, participants must nominate three more people to do it as well.
Join The Thunderclap
People can also help spread the word by signing up to share a message of solidarity via Thunderclap on 8 September 2016 at noon:
Why Does Solidarity Matter?
Solidarity matters because in a moment of need, we need to let people know that they are not alone. Especially if these people are children who are vulnerable and have already lost a lot in their life. They need to know that there is hope and that they aren't alone. Like the kids in Syria who have lost things such as their homes, their parents and siblings.
The youth organisers chose salt to represent the bitter taste of war - but it also reflects the tears of Syrian children, and an Arabic saying "there is salt and bread between us" which means we have a strong bond. Taking the #Salt4Syria challenge, then, is a means of creating a connection between Syrian and Canadian youth, showing solidarity and empathy for the challenges faced in war.
#Salt4Syria is the first project launched as part of A Tale of Two Cities, our pilot initiative that leverages the internet to connect youth in Syria with their peers in Canada. The pilot “twins” a group of Syrian children (ages 11-16) who have lost at least one parent in the conflict, with a group of Canadian youth – to exchange information and viewpoints on what it is like to be growing up under siege in Syria.