Video Urges Asma al-Assad to End Syrian Violence

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad listens to a speech by her husband, President Bashar al-Assad, during a rare public appearance in Damascus on January 11, 2012. (STR/Getty)

Since the violence in Syria began, the country's First Lady Asma al-Assad, known for having a cherished place in her husband's inner circle, has been silent about the uprising. A new graphic video released this week by two UN ambassador's wives addresses the woman called "the real dictator" of her family directly, calling on Asma as a woman, a mother, and wife to the most powerful man in the country to "forget the image — and end the violence." Huberta von Voss-Wittig is the wife of the German ambassador to the United Nations, Peter Wittig. She explains why she thinks this video could make a difference.

Warning: this video contains graphic content.

Guests:

Huberta Voss-Wittig

Produced by:

Kateri A. Jochum

Comments [6]

Heba ELMenshawi from Egypt

All the Europeans officials who are trying to show sympathy are just a bunsh of liars. You made this video to cover your unsentimental and selfish feelings that is clear to the whole world . You found a way to enter Lybia when its regime was killing their ppl . But you don't want to do the same with syria. Because ? come on , we all know its all about of gas ...n'est ce pas cherie ?

Apr. 20 2012 04:19 AM
Matt from New Jersey

Very powerful stuff. Seeing so many hurt children is really upsetting.

It's interesting how this appeal is pitched in such gender-specific terms, invoking questions of what womanhood should be (style vs caring about your people, etc) and concern for children in particular rather than just a broad appeal for the Syrian people as a whole. I wonder why the video was designed in that way and if it'll be effective.

I really hope it changes her mind about the situation. Sad part is, even if it did, what would she do, talk her husband out of killing his people?

Apr. 19 2012 05:23 PM

We've embedded a new video that you should be able to watch without issue. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Apr. 19 2012 11:52 AM
Hillary Brizell-DeLise from NYC

Even without seeing the video, I know this is a fantastic development and I want to thank Mrs. von Voss-Wittig and her partners in this effort.

I have thought very often about how an educated and supposedly sophisticated woman can stand by while her husband and government engage in such uncivilized, bellicose and scandalous behavior.

Of course, there are power hungry and sadistic women throughout history but I would prefer to think that women are most often the voices of reason and enlightenment.

If Asma Assad is supposedly so influential, I want to know that she will turn the tide and usher her country into the 21st century as a respectable nation to join the Middle East in its new era.

Apr. 19 2012 11:47 AM
Anne Posschelle from Miami Beach, FL

Your video link for Asma Al-Assad is not working...can you please respost as I could not find it on YouTube...thank you!

Apr. 19 2012 10:21 AM
Sam from NYC

The video doesn't work!

Apr. 19 2012 09:13 AM

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