This spoken word artist’s message for the people of Aleppo is a reminder for all of us that the world has once again turned its back on the genocide of a nation. Aleppo has been under siege for four bloody years, and as of today, the Syrian government agreed to yet another cease-fire so that remaining civilians and rebels can evacuate the city.
While young men in Aleppo discovered the corpses of their mothers, while toddlers crawled on bloody knees and searched for shelter, the world watched silently from the sidelines. Now we have nothing left to offer them but our prayers, and hope that they will count as charity.
Poet and spoken word artist Shabbir Hassan, who goes by his stage name Shabbir the Poet, is considered a Muslim visionary in the U.K. He has performed around the country alongside other artists and performers, and is the founder of Five Before Five, a U.K.-based non-profit organization whose aim is to encourage Muslims to give back to their communities.