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Reader StoryMajd Aladib

May 1, 2015

Majd Aladib came to the U.S. in 2013 from Syria to get a good education and to build a better life because his country is currently at war.

Majd is an American citizen because he was born in Maryland while his parents were studying dentistry there. His family left the U.S. when he was 2 months old. After that he lived in Saudi Arabia and Syria until 2013.

The Civil War that started in June 2012, has touched Majd’s life deeply. It has taken more than 200,000 lives. Most people don’t have electricity or proper food. They are suffering from destruction of property, and children aren’t getting educated.

Majd wanted to bring stories of the Syrian people, and especially the children, to the attention of the world through photography and social media. So he and his activist friends formed “Lens Young Dimasqi.” In spite of the danger of getting arrested, they took photos of Syria to record events to post on Facebook and or in other media.

Majd himself has faced danger. Once he got arrested during the time of Ramadan. Without knowing there was going to be a demonstration, he went to a mosque for worship. The government police arrested people in the area including Majd. He said, “The prison was a terrible place.” There were more than 150 people in a room. The room was very small. It was hard to sit, lie down or breathe. Also people were beaten. Luckily he got released after 15 days, and later with the urging of his parents, he decided to leave Syria.

Majd is still active as the manager of “Lens Young Dimasqi.” His goal is to study computer engineering, and he hopes to help Syria finish the war so that people can rebuild the country and go back to their lives.

The link to the Facebook page for Lens Young Dismasqi is
Written by Chloe Lee

Published May 2015

Comments (3)


  1. Kristi Middleton says:

    Thank you for your story, Majd. And, thank you for the pictures on your facebook page for Lens Young Dismasqi. It’s important for others to know of this situation. Our hearts are with all of those in Syria and those who have family or friends in Syria as well.

  2. Mary Holm says:

    Wow. What a brave young man he is! Thank you for using your talent and energy for helping people to rebuild your beautiful country.

  3. Elaine Nutter says:

    Beautiful article – Thank you!

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