He said: This is a mercy from my Lord - Surah Kahf [18:98]
Late one night, ten ‘shabiha’ broke into the bedroom where she and her daughters were asleep.
“They tore at my nightgown trying to strip me. I started screaming. My daughter was crying,” said Hadija. “They were taking videos and photos on their phones”. The men only fled when neighbours who heard the commotion intervened.
A week later four of them returned. “I promised that my husband would hand himself in,” said Hadija. “They said; ‘Tell your husband that we have seen your breasts and we have stripped you. Next time we are going to rape you and we film it and air it everywhere’”. Terrified, she gathered her children and fled to stay with relatives on the outskirts of the city, never staying in one home for more than a few days.
“They [security forces] did the same with many others. It became known that the sister, wife, or daughter of anyone who was fighting might be raped, and many were,” said Hadija. “Now those who are wanted take their wives and daughters with them.”
“You don’t want to stand up for us? Fine. Just send us birth control pills.” -Women in Syria