I thought that my memory of my Afghan and Pakistani travels was to remain in the distant past, but today I find myself recollecting them with all their details, as if I were seeing them again, but with a darker trace.
Diana Semaan- Amnesty International Syria Researcher
If the international community, and particularly Russia, does not intervene to pressure Syrian authorities to end the siege the residents of Daraa have little hope of an end to their suffering in sight.
Psychotherapist Hammam Farah explains that suicide attempts are a reflection of a deep desire to escape suffering, and that “understanding why there is a feeling of despair prevailing in Lebanon is not difficult, given the current political and economic situation.”
“On the first day after my arrest I asked to go to the bathroom, but the officer refused. The next day I asked him again and explained I had my period. He laughed. When they removed my blindfold, I discovered my clothes were soaked in blood.”
Many Jordanians remain very traditional and chastise anyone who tries to break the prevailing tribal and moral codes. Especially when such an attempt is made by a woman, as national basketball star Rubi Habash just learnt.
The image of Kabul airport offers us a great lesson. The image of people trembling in fear, ready to hang onto a plane is the image of America. America claimed the occupation was all about values, yet now it has sold the Afghans to the Taliban.