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18 February 2012

Syria: ‘The man they were shooting at is actually my husband’

Syria: ‘The man they were shooting at is actually my husband’
Syrian women who fled to Jordan speak out about the brutal violence of the Bashar al-Assad regime.

Syrian women who fled to Jordan speak out about the brutal violence of the Bashar al-Assad regime.

© KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/Getty Images


 

By Maha Abu Shama, Amnesty International’s Syria campaigner

In a week of winding our way to a refugee camp near the Syrian border, we spoke to dozens of people who had fled the violence, but remarkably few of them were women.

Finally, when we reached al-Ramtha transitional camp on the fourth day, I was told that one of the five residential buildings there hosted a few families who had just arrived from Syria the day before.

Leaving our cameras at the door, we were given two hours to speak to the refugees, so my colleague and I split up to make the most of the time.

Entering the building where the families were said to be, I noticed a few children playing in a big bare hall that led to the kitchen and toilets. Five doors along its length opened into the rooms where the families were staying. 

Not knowing where to begin, I randomly chose a door and knocked.

Continue reading "The man they were shooting at is actually my husband" on Livewire, Amnesty International's blog.

Issue

Extrajudicial Executions And Other Unlawful Killings 
MENA unrest 
Refugees, Displaced People And Migrants 
Women 

Country

Syria 

Region

Middle East And North Africa 

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