Arab star Yara in solidarity with Syrian children

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Updated 08 April 2017

Arab star Yara in solidarity with Syrian children

JEDDAH: Many influential figures from the world of Arab entertainment such as Lebanese superstar Elissa are calling for an end to the war in Syria, which is in its seventh year.
After last week’s suspected chemical attack that killed 20 children, users are expressing on Twitter solidarity with the Syrian children, using the hashtag: #everychildismychild.
Pop singer Yara, who is an ambassador of Lebanese Red Cross, launched an appeal on her social media pages to save the children of the war-ravaged country.
The Lebanese star took to social media to share a photo of herself holding a placard that read: “Every child is my child” and on the palm of her hand was written: “Stop the war!”
Also participating in the #everychildismychild photo series were Italian footballer Francesco Totti and Turkish-German actress Meryem Uzerli, both holding placards with similar messages.
Yara wrote a prayer asking God to relieve the people of Syria from all misery and pain, as “the streets of Syria have been filled with the blood of martyrs.”
“You alone, O Allah, are able to end the suffering,” she wrote.
A suspected chemical attack killed at least 72 civilians, in opposition-held northwestern Syria on Tuesday, prompting global outrage and calls for international action. The attack also left dozens more gasping for air, convulsing, and foaming at the mouth.


German foreign ministry backtracks after sense of humor failure in trending tweet gaffe

Updated 17 January 2020

German foreign ministry backtracks after sense of humor failure in trending tweet gaffe

  • The meme was the hashtag #SeduceSomeonein4Words
  • Twitter reaction was mixed

BERLIN: Social media can be a minefield for the strait-laced world of diplomacy, as the German Foreign Office just found out, when it was forced to delete a tweet and apologize for its contribution to a mildly off-color Twitter meme.
The meme was the hashtag #SeduceSomeonein4Words.
Submissions on Thursday ranged from “You hungry? I’m cooking” to “Donald Trump Is Impeached”. Then @GermanyDiplo, the foreign ministry’s English-language channel, came up with “Your visa got approved”.
That got hundreds of retweets and thousands of likes. But it also got a fair amount of criticism, much of it from people suffering through the process of acquiring a German visa.

Germany attracts migrants from the world over, with its free universities, strong economy, high wages and almost full employment. In 2015’s migrant crisis, hundreds of thousands from the Middle East and Africa overwhelmed Europe’s border controls and flooded into Germany.
But eye-catching influxes like that mask the thousands of daily frustrations and family tragedies that take place at the consulates of rich countries. Would-be immigrants spend fortunes and wait weeks and months applying for visas that would let them work, study, or be reunited with loved ones far away.
That gives the consular officials who award the coveted stamp immense power. British and US officials have been investigated for abusing that power, allegedly requiring sex in exchange for visas.
So Twitter reaction was mixed.
“Even though it’s terribly hard and sometimes humiliating to try to get visa from German Consulate, the joke is still very funny!” wrote Turkish journalist Rahsan Gulsan.
GermanyDiplo rapidly backtracked, deleting the tweet and four hours later issuing a rueful apology.
“Being funny is apparently not always our strong suit,” the ministry wrote. “We know the visa process is complex, and visa decisions can deeply affect peoples’ lives. Our colleagues take these decisions very seriously.”