Women of War
Emerging from the shadows of their secret command outpost, these are the members of the only all-female fighting unit in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo. They have come together to augment the fighting power of the Free Syrian Army. “Women are fighting on all the fronts now,” a female activist said. “Women often transport weapons and supplies for rebels as they are less likely to be searched at army and security checkpoints. Soon they will be everywhere.” 3/20/2013
1. Om Ahmad, 72 years old, housewife with 3 children: “My house in Dar’a was destroyed by 2 bombs…I moved to Aleppo with my family, I chose to pick up a weapon and fight the regime.
2. Fadwa, 20 years old, widow with 3 children: “My husband died on the front lines, I will die on the front lines, may God help us.”
3. Om Faraj, 30 years old housewife, no children: “Being mistreated by a regime security guard in front of my husband was the most humiliating thing that has ever happened to my family, I picked up a weapon, I joined the fight.”
4. Rana, 20 years old, student: “What choice do we have?”
5. Benifet Ikhla, 27 years old, widow with 6 children: “I fight for life and freedom, I fight to prove that woman and man are equal.”
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