Syria’s disappeared to be discussed Sunday

Thursday, September 28, 2017

NORTHAMPTON — The Valley Syrian Relief Committee will host a program Sunday, co-sponsored by 23 local faith-based and nongovernmental organizations.

The event includes screening of the one-hour documentary, “Syria’s Disappeared,” that tells the hidden story of tens of thousands of men, women and children who have disappeared under the regime of President Bashar al Assad into a network of clandestine detention centers.

The film weaves together the personal stories of three Syrians who survived the brutal conditions of detention, and the families of detainees, regime defectors and international war crimes investigators as they fight to bring perpetrators to justice and work for release of the disappeared.

Mazen al-Hamada, whose story is highlighted in the film, will share his experiences and answer questions. Mouaz Moustafa, the director of the Washington, D.C.-based Syrian Emergency Task Force, will also speak. The Syrian Emergency Task Force is bringing al-Hamada here to educate U.S. government officials and other humanitarian groups about the disappearance, torture, and murder of noncombatants by the Assad regime.

The Interfaith Council of Franklin County is among sponsors of the event, along with Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, Second Congregational Church of Greenfield, Temple Israel and numerous religious and other organizations.

The event is Sunday, Oct.1, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Edwards Church in Northampton.