Syria women: Aspirations and fears

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17-03-2014

 

ARA News

On the 15th of March, the Syrian crisis entered its fourth year. Since the start of the ongoing crisis, people of Syria have suffered killing, hunger and displacement. Syrian women had their share from the suffering. As frustration found its way to some of them, many others still hope and aspire for change.

Chimen Ali, a young Kurdish poet who moved to live and work in Iraqi Kurdistan after two years of the start of the crisis in Syria, told ARA News that the “revolution” which started as a peaceful protest movement turned Syria into a battlefield as there are now more than 30 fighting groups in her homeland, “each of which fight in the interest of a particular state, the fact that victimized Syrian people”.

“It was meant to be the revolt of the Syrian people against injustice and oppression, but they were encountered with many matters which they were unaware of, beside their poverty and inability to face the regime’s killing machine,” Ali argued.

Ali also referred to the international support of protesters in Ukraine and the indifference of the international community towards the crisis of the Syrian people.

According to journalist Avin Sheikhmus, “the Syrian revolution” was on the right path before turning into an armed conflict. 

“I participated in anti-regime demonstrations because I really aspired for change; I aspired for freedom of expression in Syria without fearing to be persecuted, to pursue my studies and to gain women’s legitimate rights which they have been deprived of over decades in Syria, in addition to the rights of Kurdish people,” Sheikhmous told ARA News.

Despite revealing her feelings of “frustration and distrust of all the parties which claimed to support the revolution”, Sheikhmus hopes that “the sacrifices of the Syrian people will bring about the aspired change”. 

Fatma Bakir, a member of Buhar Relief Association in Efrin city, expressed her hope to ARA News, saying that she has always aspired for a new era in Syria where freedom of expression would be respected.

“However, many people have unfortunately exploited the revolution, while the Syrian people pay with their blood,” Bakir said. “Personally, I changed a lot and got to know what it means to be displaced and not to have a home of your own. I also found out that I am strong enough to defend myself.”

According to journalist Linda Bilal, the “revolution” was aborted with the political and military money.

However, Bilal expressed her belief that the “revolution changed the view of the Syrian women about themselves and their capabilities”, and hoped that they (Syrian women) comprehend “the true meaning of revolution without the need for rhetoric speeches”. 

Maha al-Ghanim, a civil engineer who left her hometown of Deir ez-Zor few months ago and resorted to the relatively secure city of Qamishli, told ARA News: “The revolution has been cruel on us as it taught us the cruelest meaning of oppression. Although it (revolution) made me pursue new ways of survival, it has no meaning in my life anymore as my only concern is to raise my children and care for their future.”

“I would never say thank you to a revolution which made my children orphans (after the husband’s death in Deir ez-Zor),” al-Ghanim argued.

Sabat Ali, director of a Syrian school in Turkey, expressed her worries about the ambiguous future of Syria.

“I hoped that the revolution would help me achieve many of my dreams and that a new era would begin after decades of absolute injustice, but I am afraid now that I might regret the time before the start of the protests,” Ali stated to ARA News.  

 

Source: ARA News

 

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