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The will of survival!


Two years after her injury, Um Mohammed started to recover, but as soon as her health began to improve, her husband got injured in an airstrike which led to losing his ability to walk normally.

Um Mohammed’s tale began with the siege that prevented her from seeing her children who live outside the besieged area of Eastern Ghouta near the Syrian capital Damascus, to her attempt to bring bread to her grandson from the nearby checkpoints those belong to the Syrian regime when the siege intensified in 2014, where she was shot in the abdomen by the Syrian government's Sniper, which was forced a tight siege that banned people from getting out or into the area. In addition to that, they blocked the entry of the simplest items of life such as food, water, medication and fuel.

Um Mohammed, 62 years old, she is originally from Aleppo but she lives with her husband in Eastern Ghouta for more than 30 years, she is a very special person who has a very sweet heart.

Um Mohammed started a new chapter of her life, where she has to perform rehabilitation exercises to her injured husband alongside with shouldering the responsibility to provide the house’s needs, their destroyed house that lacks to the minimum ingredients to be called a house.

Despite all that, she did not give up to those tough circumstances, but she dedicated a room at her house and started farming chickens as a source of food and income.

In spite of her age, Um Mohammed attends a literacy class to learn reading and writing Arabic with a group of other women who are trying to overcome that harsh situation. Even, the teaching center got shelled many times as well.

During my inherent to Um Mohammed which intermittently extended for almost a month, I saw her as a good example of the sincere wife, she was paying a close attention to look after her husband despite the difficulty of getting his health requirements in such a situation, she truly loves him.

I still remember what Abu Mohammed told me once describing the sincerity of his wife:

“Um Mohammed is the diamond that I got during my entire life”

Syria is not just Black or White, it is not either the Syrian regime or fighters. There are also civilians who stuck in the middle, suffering silently the effects of this dreadful war and still doing their best to resist its bitterness.

The resistance of Um Mohammed and her devotion, determination, and desire to live and learn represents the real Syrians from my perspective.

 
 Syrian Umm Mohammed, feeds her chickens at her home in the rebel-held town of Douma.

Syrian Umm Mohammed, feeds her chickens at her home in the rebel-held town of Douma.

 Syrian Umm Mohammed, performs rehabilitation exercises with her war-injured husband at their home.

Syrian Umm Mohammed, performs rehabilitation exercises with her war-injured husband at their home.