Published on August 22nd, 2012 | by P OHara5
Matthew VanDyke American Journalist / Freedom Fighter, Needs Your Help!
Matthew VanDyke is an adventure man, with quite a restless tale that few men will ever experience. An accomplished freelance combat journalist, freedom fighter in the Libyan uprising, prisoner of war, documentary film maker, accomplished academic, founder of the NGO (non-governmental organization governmental organization) “After the Revolution,” and all by the age of 32. You would probably picture his upbringing as anything other than a fourth-generation Baltimore resident, growing up with an elementary school principal for a mother. As a combat veteran myself, even I had to stop for a moment to take in this mans story.
Matthew VanDyke used his academic accomplishments on the field of Security Studies from the University of Maryland to propel himself into a career working as a journalist in the Middle East, and Africa. When the Libyan uprising kicked off against Gadafi’s regime in 2011, all of VanDykes experiences would send him down a path to join the rebels, take up arms, and fight along side them as no longer a journalist, but a soldier in the liberation movement. VanDyke would be captured, tortured, escape, and return to combat with his comrades to finish the job. While this story is amazing all its own, he has now set his eyes on another monumental goal to document the revolution in Syria while fighting for the cause he feels so strongly about.
Matthew VanDykes Quest To Document The Syrian Revolution
Teaming up with fellow revolutionary, and famed Libyan folk musician Masood Bwisir on a mission to accurately document the happenings of the Syrian uprising. VanDyke intends to insert himself into Syria in order to assist the rebels in their part of Arab Spring against the current regime. With a deep understanding about the nature of the region, and armed with his first-hand experience of actually participating in an Arab uprising, Bwisir and VanDyke will document this historical event first hand from the front lines.
In order for VanDyke and Bwisir to fund this project, they are seeking funds through crowd sourcing projects, and will be accepting donations through VanDykes website http://www.matthewvandyke.com soon. The funds will not be used in order to pay salary of monetary compensation for Bwisir or VanDyke, as they are doing this in an effort to raise awareness about Operation Arab Spring, and the struggle that the revolutionaries are fighting through at this very moment. Buy contributing 25$ or more towards their project you will receive acknowledgement in the credits of their film set to be released in Oct 2012. His cause is brought about from his many years of experience, willingness to sacrifice, and close ties to the Arab world.
While his story is too vast for me to sprawl out in one post here on Anger Boot. I encourage you to stop by his web page in order to seek more information if you are interested in assisting VanDyke in this project. If nothing else drop in to read his about page, and ask yourself if you were undeniably willing to go to the lengths that this man is for something you truly believe is worth fighting for.