Hibaaq Osman in the Huffington Post on Syria

Cairo, Egypt — It’s been nearly two years since Syria’s dictator Bashar al Assad began his brutal assault on hundreds of thousands of people in Syria, a country of over 20 million people. Since the Arab uprisings began, women from Damascus to Aleppo have played a critical role in trying to build a better future for their country. We have seen them take to the streets protesting; we have seen women arrested; and we have seen women at the front of humanitarian aid missions and helping the sick and wounded. But unlike the jubilant scenes we saw unfold in Tunisia, Libya, Yemen or Egypt, the world has been shocked at the slaughter of hundreds of women and children in ongoing massacres in Syria. This violence must stop. Change has to come to Syria; women’s voices must be heard.
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