Friday’s massacre of 108 people, including dozens of children, in the Syrian town of Houla, has been roundly condemned by world powers as fears of a protracted civil war take hold. This weekend’s horrific violence is the latest episode since a 14-month long uprising openly challenged the regime of Bashar al-Assad. In that time, the death toll has topped over 9,000 according to United Nations estimates as many more have been displaced from their homes. In response to the ongoing crisis, UC Irvine’s Society of Arab Students, Middle East Studies Student Initiative, Muslim Student Union, and Students for Justice in Palestine have organized a ‘Sounds for Syria‘ humanitarian fundraiser taking place this evening starting at 7 p.m. featuring LA-based Syrian hip-hop artist Omar Offendum.
Read more about the event on my latest OC Weekly Heard Mentality Blog post: