My Friend in Syria Has Lost All Her Rights as a Woman

Jenny, I’m reblogging “Sarah’s” story because most people in our good old U.S.of A., have no idea of how terrible living in some parts of the rest of the world can be, especially where there are wars going on. We have many abusive situations here as well, but at least they are not legal.

Sweden and the Middle East Views

I lived in Syria last year, and I made a few amazing friends despite the ongoing war. I still keep in touch with them and am surprised how I could meet so many fine people in so short time.

One of them, we can call her Sarah, had made an incredible journey in life. Coming from a working class conservative family, she had been married off against her will when young. The marriage had been abusive, something she was not unused to: in her world, as she described it, “almost all men hit women”. But the violence Sarah had been subjected to had been of the extraordinary kind.

When she left her husband it was because she knew she wouldn’t survive if going back. Trauma to her head had made her loose parts of her memory and she had suffered three miscarriages as a result of the abuse. When leaving…

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