Triangle community attends vigil for victims of Syrian strikes
Posted April 8
Updated April 9
Wake County, N.C. — Many in the Triangle expressed concern over United States involvement in Syria and the civilians victims of the Syrian strikes, prompting Saturday night's prayer vigil at the Cary Islamic Center.
The vigil was held by Muslim leaders but open to the entire community.
It was an interfaith event, and people were welcome to come and hear encouraging words and share prayers for those impacted.
Muhammad Arida said he still has extended family in Syria. While they are okay now, he is still concerned for their safety.
"We've been dealing with daily struggles and daily massacres," he said. "The chemical attack kind of got people's attention, but actually before or after that the killing and the civilian suffering has not stopped."
"There's so many people marching and rising up for so many things, but we don't see this happening for this, and it's a terrible injustice to humanity."
He said while this is in our headlines now, this violence has been going on for much longer.
Organizers of the event called on President Donald Trump and elected officials to draft a resolution to cease bombing by all parties in Syria.
The president has said he would like to see safe zones in Syria instead of taking in refugees, suggesting that states along the Gulf would pay for those safe zones.