Last night was a night from hell in besieged Ghouta with massacres unfolding and the skies lit up by the shower of weaponry landing on civilians.
Doctors treated people injured by Napalm, barrel bombs, and missile strikes, as well as a chlorine gas chemical attack. The White Helmets struggled to reach people injured or trapped in the rubble because the destruction and craters from airstrikes were making it hard to move. Dozens were killed and even more were injured.
This International Women’s Day, our sisters in Ghouta, along with hundreds of thousands of civilians besieged inside, are at the mercy of the depravity of the Syrian regime and Russia.
Today and throughout the past weeks, women from Ghouta have been reporting from the ground – writings that should go straight into the history books.
Nivin Hotary wrote from Ghouta this morning:
“This could be my last post. The catastrophic situation is now well-known to all… we have said all we could say. A criminal regime that kills its own people with the approval and support and sponsorship of other countries. Yesterday was an indescribable day. Chlorine and cluster bombs, barrel bombs, and rocket shells. They tried everything to bury us alive in the basements. No words left for us to say and no conscience or humanity left in those remaining silent and allowing this to happen. The last thing I want to say to all people everywhere: our regime is murderous and won’t escape justice. But your governments are more murderous than the regime. They are watching and remaining quiet, acquiescing. And those who accuse us of being terrorists, Islamists and more to relieve their conscience… The Syrian regime might kill us all – how would you ever make peace with that? I salute all women of the world on International Women’s Day, and I extend my condolences to our women for such a shameful world. 8/3/2018 Day 18 in the basements #Ghouta
To stand in solidarity with our sisters right now in Ghouta –
1) Share Nivin’s words. Copy and paste Nivin’s message above to your Facebook page and forward this email to your friends and family.
Dr. Faten Rajab Fawaz, PhD in Physics and Atomic Science.Dr. Rajab. Active in peaceful demonstrations and relief efforts. Arrested by Assad security forces on 26/11/2011 and after 10 months, transferred to the Military Security Branch in Damascus to spend another year there, subjected to severe torture. Today, she is still forcibly disappeared. This portrait from an album painted by Dima Nachawi, to the inspirational women of Ghouta
2) Share these writings from Syrian women about women in Ghouta
3) At women’s marches, lift a banner in solidarity with the women of Ghouta
4) Donate now to women’s initiatives in Ghouta
5) Share this album of portraits and profiles of the inspiring women in Ghouta.
At this stage it feels hard to know what to do to stop the killing in Ghouta. But we can bear witness and make sure that we give our ears and hearts to the brave and heroic people of Ghouta.
Photo by Mohammad Badra