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Syrian army widows suffer blackmail, harassment and neglect

Commentary | 2018-01-18 14:18:17
Syrian army widows suffer blackmail, harassment and neglect
By Naser Ali

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Under the title "Unarmed Combatants, Houses with Concerns and Expectations", an investigation tells the stories of the lives of a group of women of officers and militia mercenaries who have been neglected and blackmailed by state officials and institutions of the regime's army for the financial rights of their husbands and it tells the story of their suffering with their husbands who became war disabled.

The investigation, which published by al-Islahiye (The Coastal) newspaper, appeared to be confused between the beautification of the image of the military man who refused to defect and chose to stand with his homeland and the reality experienced by the families of these military men whom regime used as a fuel for his war, yet the picture was clear and words could not cover the suffering in standing with a criminal regime.

The women are the wives of regime officers and mercenaries and those kidnapped. The stories follow each other as heroic story of those who lived in officer residence and tt is clear from the text that this military residence is located in the western countryside of the capital Damascus, where the momentum of the revolution was fierce with the presence of large forces of the regime and its military residence where it hosts the thugs surrounding the cities. The thugs actions damaged severely these cities. 

The first woman tells of her role as father and mother in the permanent absence of her husband from his house because of the violence as she calls it. She remembers the attacks from the armed gangs on the soldiers' homes. She said, "I lived days filled with anxiety and fear, especially when the military houses where we lived were attacked at the beginning of the events."

Jana, one of the women of the military said, " the woman is lucky if her husband, father or brother is safe after a fierce battle. Asking for more was a luxury." All these elements were fighting in the rebellious cities, and only women and guards were present in the military residence. 

The second narrative by Lina whose husband leg were amputated in the battles of Daraa, and how she found it difficult to feel happy for his return or to feel sad for his condition. But the real suffering was waiting for a long time to install an artificial limb where you have to seek men in power to secure it. 

Reem is the third woman; a graduate of the Faculty of Law and the daughter of one of the kidnapped officers on the road to Khan al-Sheeh. Her father has been kidnapped for 4 years.

The suffering started after her father’s salary was stopped by the regime ministry of defense which forced her with her mother to work as tutors for 6 hours a day. 

The real tragedy was getting her father's pension and getting what she called the privileges of the martyrdom, where the disaster was as she says, "we were surprised that it was more complicated than it looked and it was presented to a committee that asked us to bring three witnesses to testify that my father had been kidnapped.

I heard this news and asked them how can we get these witnesses from Khan al-Sheeh, for example? A man has sacrificed his life for the homeland and his family is being asked to bring witnesses that he has been kidnapped and not defect? Is not this painful? We went back that day and did not try after that day to make any attempt to prove the martyrdom of my father.

The fourth woman H.D. is the wife of a member of the National Defense militia-paramilitary group. Her husband was killed in one of the battles, and that her condition worsened after his death, so she went to one of the officials to get his salary and promised her help, but he blackmailed her in order to date her.

The stories that were reported by the rapid investigation were written from scattered stories about the regime's handling of its criminal incubator. But the most important question, if the condition of women of the military and regime loyalists is this, so how do these villains deal with the rest of Syrians, who are considered enemies and accounts of murder, rape and pillage are witnesses to regime crimes committed against whoever said no.

More than 119,000 pro-regime forces have been killed, including 62,000 troops, tens of thousands of loyalist militiamen, and 1,556 fighters from Hezbollah, according to a new estimate by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Alawites-dominated areas still the main manpower supply for Bashar al-Assad's regime. The mourning posters and statements have been sweeping the streets and pro-regime social media.

Zaman Al Wasl
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