In early 2011, a group of Syrian expatriates, inspired by the Arab Spring, got together to discuss the future of Syria, as it seemed inevitable that Syria would be affected by the events taking place in the rest of the Middle East.
On March 2011, as the Syrian Revolution began, a group of Syrian expatriates quickly geared its efforts towards supporting the struggle of the Syrian people in their quest for freedom, democracy, and reform. The coalition of expatriates gained momentum, its membership grew, and eventually it became registered as an active non-profit organization in the USA. SEO became a means through which expatriates could support the revolution in their motherland.
As the months passed by, and as the peaceful demonstrations in Syria were being met with brutality and extreme violence, the Syrian Expatriates Organization’s work evolved into several action groups with projects aiming to shine the light on the events taking place inside Syria, and supporting media activities, medical practitioners, and humanitarian efforts on the ground.