War-weary Syrians turn to humor and sarcasm online
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War-weary Syrians turn to humor and sarcasm online
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Last updated: November 16, 2013

War-weary Syrians turn to humor and sarcasm online

Banner Icon Syrians vent their frustration over delayed Geneva 2 talks on a popular Facebook page, where they upload self made memes making fun of the failed attempts at peace.

As the Syrian conflict rages on, those directly affected by the war are growing ever more impatient about the postponed second round of peace talks, known as Geneva 2.

"An inhabitant of the war-ravaged northern city of Aleppo asks if there “is electricity in Geneva”. Another wonders if there will be any checkpoints entering Switzerland, as he has lost his ID."

Initially set to be held in the Swiss city in January 2014, Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN Arab League peace envoy, last week announced that the talks would once again be delayed. The inability within the various opposition elements to present a united front and the debate amongst them on whether to attend the talks or not have left the battered people of Syria with little hope for an imminent solution.

Now the disillusioned people of the nation are channelling their frustration online, where a growing Facebook page is mocking the slow motion of their representatives, the LA Times reports.

A Facebook event started by two young men shows a page where people can sign up for a bus trip to the peace talks in Geneva.

More than 9,000 out of 10,000 invited people are attending the “event” that has a picture of a crowded bus as its cover photo. A large number of memes making fun of the failed attempts at peace have been posted on the page.

Some of the posts:
"Government supporters go to the back of the bus while opposition members stick to the right”
"Pulling hair is not allowed, no talking to the driver.”
"Hand grenades cannot be used in debates."

An inhabitant of the war-ravaged northern city of Aleppo asks if there “is electricity in Geneva”. Another wonders if there will be any checkpoints entering Switzerland, as he has lost his ID.

Even though discussions are heated, most of the comments seem lighthearted and sarcastic, representing a nation of young people who have had enough and who have lost faith in a speedy reconciliation amongst the different factions currently at war.

Nicholas Bonde
Nicholas is a freelance journalist specializing in sports, music and current affairs.
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