Syrian young woman now free from ISIS oppression

Souad tramples her niqab underfoot, Reuters photo

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Once ISIS fighters are expelled from a region in Syria, then one of the first things many women do is to get rid of their niqabs. Similarly, the 19-year-old Souad from the newly liberated town of Manbij in northern Syria.

ISIS was recently driven from Manbij by the Syrian Democratic Forces. According to Wikipedia, a 60% Kurdish, 40% non-Kurdish force. This secular, pro-women’s rights organisation has to deal with not only ISIS, but also with artillery fire by the Erdogan regime in NATO member state Turkey, allies of ISIS; and with violence by other jihadist paramiltaries, some of them financed by the Saudi Arabian monarchy and/or the United States CIA.

Souad tramples her niqab underfoot, Reuters photos

The young woman not only threw off her niqab, but also trampled the face-covering clothing underfoot, which is one of the worst insults in the Muslim world. For her the niqab is a symbol of the oppression by ISIS.

“I feel liberated,” says Souad, who has replaced her niqab with a headscarf. “We had to wear this. By trampling this garment, I take care of them.”

ISIS occupied Souad’s village in 2014. … Women then had to be fully covered. “People who did not adhere to the rules were punished severely. Sometimes we had to stand together for days in graves that we dug ourselves. ”

“Now we are free, we can live again,” says Souad surrounded by her family.

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  5. Thursday 21st September 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Arts

    TOM GRIFFITHS is deeply moved by the memorable story of a heroic female Kurdish sniper in Syria


    Arcola Theatre Dalston, London, E8


    ANGEL, the Edinburgh smash hit by Henry Naylor lands in Dalston’s Arcola and is one of the most devastating productions currently in the capital.

    Avital Lvova’s muscular performance carries the entire production in this one-woman show with incredible dramatic and physical agility.

    Lvova plays Rehana, the sniper known as the Angel of Kobane, the Kurdish-Syrian town under siege by the approaching Isis forces.

    A legend not unlike the Soviet hero Lyudmila Pavlichenko — who totted up an extraordinary number of nazi kills (309) — the modern-day Angel is rumoured to have killed 100 Isis fighters.

    The seige of Kobane bears parallels with the bloody battle of Stalingrad and has some of the fiercest fighting against Isis.

    Like the Red Army, the YPG, (People’s Protection Units) a predominantly Kurdish force, is open to women and contains many of the area’s best troops. Part of the legend that surrounds the Angel and other female fighters, is that Isis fighters fear death at their hands as they’ll not be martyred and receive the 72 virgins allotted to them.

    While some dispute this, it can easily be believed as the kind of superstitious talk of troops in battle and is a reminder of the ruthless misogyny of Islamic State.

    The play begins in Rehana’s early years as she shoots cans of Orangina from a log as target practice, while moaning at her father for dragging her into the fields to shoot and longing for a peaceful, secular life listening to Beyonce and studying law.

    Events overtake her and she becomes a refugee as fighting erupts around her family farm.

    Heading back into the conflict zone to rescue her father, she ends up fighting alongside her YPG comrades.

    In one of the most heartbreaking scenes, Rehana learns that all the target practice with dad has paid off, she’s a good shot, but also has a shocking ability to kill.

    With tears in her eyes Rehana points into the audience, sentencing the guilty, the fundamentalists and the innocents caught up in the war to death.

    The girl, who forced her dad to sing All the Single Ladies in her youth, dies with every kill. Angel, is an incredible achievement.

    Ends October 7 2017. Box office (020) 7503-1646.


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