03/15/2014 19:25 EDT | Updated 05/15/2014 05:59 EDT

Syrian community marks three years of civil war

Members of the local Syrian community gathered recently in a Mississauga community centre to mark the third anniversary since hostilities broke out between rebel forces and those of President Bashar al-Assad.

They discussed the progress that’s been made so far, and what still needs to be done.

“Every day you have 50 injured, 60 injured. You can’t keep them in the hospital,” said Anas Alkassem, a surgeon who has been treating victims of the conflict since it started. He plans to return to Syria in another three months.

“It is a big mess and we need everything, to be honest with you. We need everything — saline bags, antibiotics, pain killers," he told CBC News. 

The meeting was organized by Maher Azem, a friend of Canadian photojournalist Ali Moustafa who was recently killed in the conflict.

He says he hasn't lost hope for the country he called home for most of his adult life.

“The solution to this crisis is not so much to helping refugees, but ending the war itself,” said Azem.