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These Are The Stories Of 15 Fallen Syrians

“We want the violence and bloodshed to end. We want to go back to the roots of the revolution, which was freedom.”

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As the Syrian conflict’s three-year anniversary approaches, Amal Hanano, a Syrian activist based in the US, wanted to honor the memories of those killed. So the Aleppo-native started the 100,000 Names campaign. On March 14, Hanano will lead a 72-hour-long recitation on the White House lawn of 100,000 names of those killed in Syria. “We want the violence and bloodshed to end,” Hanano told BuzzFeed. “We want to go back to the roots of the revolution, which was freedom.” Hanano collected the names from the Violations Documentation Center in Syria, as well as Syrian activists and the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. In the 15 days leading up to the anniversary, she has also been tweeting portraits, drawn by journalist Molly Crabapple, of Syrians killed in the conflict. Here are the faces, names, and stories of 15 fallen Syrian citizens.

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Molly Crabapple for the #100000Names Oral Memorial for Syria

Mohamed Hamouda, a 7-year-old-boy, reportedly died from regime sniper during a protest on Apr. 22, 2011.

2. Hamza Al-Khatib

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Hamza Al-Khatib, 13, was tortured and killed on May 25, 2011 in Daraa after being detained for one month by Syrian security forces. Hamza’s image became an icon of the Syrian revolution.

3. Hakam Drak Sibai

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Hakam Drak Sibai, 26, was a Red Crescent medic. He was killed in his hometown of Homs in Sept. 2011, when bullets struck his ambulance while he was treating wounded protesters.

4. Rami Al-Sayed

Molly Crabapple for the #100000Names Oral Memorial for Syria

Rami al-Sayed was a 26-year-old citizen journalist and father of a baby girl. He was killed in Baba Amr on Feb. 21, 2012 when his car was hit by a bomb.

5. Fatima Meghlaj

Molly Crabapple for the #100000Names Oral Memorial for Syria

Fatima Meghlaj, 2, was decapitated by a bomb that fell on her house in Idleb in Sept. 2012.

6. Tamer Al-Awam

Molly Crabapple for the #100000Names Oral Memorial for Syria

Tamer Al-Awam, 34, was a well-known filmmaker, poet, and writer from Sweida. He was shot and killed by regime forces in Aleppo on Sept. 9, 2012 while filming a documentary on the Free Syrian Army.

7. Yousuf Al-Akraa

Molly Crabapple for the #100000Names Oral Memorial for Syria

Yousef Alakraa, age unknown, was a media activist, poet, and artist. He was killed by Syrian government shelling in Homs on Sept. 26, 2012.

8. Rua Ismael

Molly Crabapple for the #100000Names Oral Memorial for Syria

Rua Ismael, 11, reportedly died from a bombing in the town of Salamiyeh on Jan. 25, 2013. After he death, Rua was nicknamed, “Syria’s Snow White” on Syrian social media.

9. Noura

Molly Crabapple for the #100000Names Oral Memorial for Syria

Noura, 12, was reportedly killed by an air strike in the town of Kafranbel on Dec. 1, 2013.

10. Amina Othman

Molly Crabapple for the #100000Names Oral Memorial for Syria

Amina Othman was a second year literature student at the University of Aleppo. She was displaced three times during the conflict. Amina was killed in Aleppo in 2013, when her uncle’s home was shelled while she was inside.

11. Firas Al-Salem

Molly Crabapple for the #100000Names Oral Memorial for Syria

Firas Al-Salem, age unknown, reportedly died from torture at a security center in Damascus run by the Assad regime. Firas, from the Yarmouk Camp in Damascus, was detained for a year before he died on March 1, 2014.

12. Batoul

Molly Crabapple for the #100000Names Oral Memorial for Syria

Batoul was 12 when she was reportedly killed in a car bombing in Kafat village on Jan. 9, 2014.

13. Wissam Sara

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Wissam Sara, 27, was a peace activist, father of two, and son of political opposition leader, Fayez Sara. Wissam died under torture in the Syrian government’s Military Security Branch in Damascus in Feb. 2014.

14. Ghaith Matar

Molly Crabapple for the #100000Names Oral Memorial for Syria

Ghiath Matar, 25, was a peace activist, tailor, and father-to-be. He was killed in Daraya under torture, allegedly by Syrian security forces. Ghiath was famous for handing flowers and water bottles to regime forces at protests. His nickname was “Little Gandhi.”

15. Muhammad Abyad

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Dr Mohamad Abyad, 28, was a orthopedic surgeon. He worked for Doctors Without Borders in Aleppo, until he was killed under torture by an extremist rebel group.

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