Ibrahim Qashoush

Ibrahim Qashoush
Born Ibrahim Qashoush
3 September 1977
Died 4 July 2011(2011-07-04)
Cause of death Murdered[1]
Occupation Fireman

Ibrahim Qashoush (3 September 1977 – 4 July 2011) was a fireman and amateur poet from Hama, Syria.

During the 2011 Syrian uprising, Qashoush was noted for singing and authoring songs mocking Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and the ruling Ba'ath party. The protest anthem "Yalla Erhal Ya Bashar", or "Come on, Bashar, time to leave", is attributed to him.[2]

On 4 July 2011, Qashoush was found dead in the Orontes River, his throat cut and his vocal cords ripped out. After his murder, fellow protesters hailed Qashoush as the "nightingale of the revolution".[3]


  1. Shadid, Anthony. "The Regime". Frontline (U.S. TV series). Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  2. Mroue, Bassem (27 July 2011). "Ibrahim Qashoush, Syria Protest Songwriter, Gruesomely Killed". Huffington Post. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  3. Shahdid, Anthony (21 July 2011). "Lyrical Message for Syrian Leader: 'Come on Bashar, Leave'". New York Times. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
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