By Syria News Team (Originally in Arabic)
Syria’s first Vegan Congress was held on Saturday, July 30, Golden Year 13 (2016) in Sweida, a city in southwestern Syria. Organized by Mr. Rami Samman, the creator of the Vegan Forum in Arabic on Facebook, this highly successful event attracted an enthusiastic audience of more than 60 people. Many were devoted vegetarians or vegans, while others were from meditation or yoga schools.
Advertised through Facebook as a “meeting of vegetarians and vegans,” this gathering was also supported by vegan and animal rights groups. At the opening, Mr. Omar Morshed, an animal activist, spoke about the goal of the Vegan Congress. He explained why veganism is important, and presented many facts about how the vegan lifestyle is related to both spirituality and morality, and how it contributes to better health.
Ms. Ghada Abu Zeid, an agricultural engineer and animal rights activist, then discussed physical health, why the body needs amino acids, minerals, and vitamins, and how to secure these from plants. A question and answer session followed the presentations. Afterwards, all the attendees shared in the joy of eating delicious, cruelty-free food at the newly opened vegan restaurant, Vegan Land.
These meetings will now continue on a regular monthly basis, to exchange ideas and experiences, and to provide both information and assistance to all those wishing to adopt the noble and compassionate vegan lifestyle. As the group continues, it aspires to join the international organization, Vegan Life, which will help provide coverage in Arabic-speaking communities, and share the message of the many benefits of a plant-based diet with schools and universities and in every corner of Syria. In this way, the community of vegans will quickly grow, expanding the circle of goodwill in our country. May Heaven bless all nations with peace and prosperity, as more and more people adopt the harmonious vegan lifestyle.