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Syrian Conflict Exacts Heavy Toll on Women

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- 1870 days ago -
All-but abandoned by husbands fighting government forces, many of Syria's women suffer hardship and fear alone.

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Carol H (229)
Friday April 5, 2013, 6:33 am
sadly noted, thanks Cal

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Friday April 5, 2013, 6:44 am

pam w (139)
Friday April 5, 2013, 8:55 am
OF COURSE! Women and children ALWAYS suffer in wars like these but it's especially difficult in Muslim societie, where women have so few options to support themselves and women alone are often viewed with suspicion.

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Friday April 5, 2013, 11:24 am
Always the same the men make war and the women and children suffer alas will never be any different

ilja c (48)
Friday April 5, 2013, 3:44 pm
First sentence "by husbands fighting government forces" is not correct. Women and children on both sides suffer

Gene J (290)
Friday April 5, 2013, 3:59 pm
"A group of young women sits huddled around a diesel heater sipping tea in a stone cottage in the village of Seyjar. Outside, their children use stick guns to play their favorite game of rebel fighters."

This is simply NOT good enough. Of course, the women are suffering, they suffer everywhere under Sharia. But the violence their religion begets will NEVER stop, until THEY assert the control they have over every mother's son. They should be demanding their children STOP playing "rebel fighters", do they NOT know they are raising the next generation of suicide bombers, terrorists, wife beaters and daughter killers? How is it that this region of the world does not understand the simple principle of cause and effect? If you keep doing the same thing over and over and keep getting the same result: DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. I know that men dominate Islam and they do love their wars, but mothers are complicit when they do not teach their children that violence is ALWAYS wrong, that the ONLY way to peace in that region is what has been taught us for more than 2000 years by people we have usually killed. Love without condition is the answer. It has always been the answer from Christ to Ghandi to Martin Luther King. But boys do not learn this in the streets, they never have, they learn it from their mother from their first breath to their last.

Mothers, teach your children well, and this stops in a generation. I'd say fathers too, but men are fools, in love with violence and domination, as always, it is only the women of this world that can change what it has become. So teach them peace and love, before their fathers get their ugly messages into their heads. It is the only path to peace.

Jason S (50)
Friday April 5, 2013, 8:25 pm
Good posting, thanks

Caroline S (78)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 4:59 am
Good comment, Gene Jacobson.

Patsy Olive (0)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 2:08 pm
I agree with you Gene,as I was reading this long article,I was thinking you mothers need to be teaching your
children to love each other instead of playing war games,and I really enjoyed reading what you had to say.

Birgit W (160)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 2:38 pm
My heart goes out to those women and children.

Pratibha Pande (10)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 4:59 am
This happens in all wars and there is little one can do about it.Sad

Lindsay K (6)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 5:39 am
Syria is a tragedy on so many levels. Gene, I agree with many of your comments, but I don't think it's as simple as that. Sometimes peace has to be worked for, yes, even fought for. But I agree that it should be a last resort, and women everywhere should be bringing up their children to respect women and to work for peace in peaceful ways.

Kerrie G (116)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 8:22 am
Noted, thanks.

Marilyn K (50)
Monday April 8, 2013, 12:40 pm
This is a serious issue that should be dealt with at the United Nations. They should organize ways and means to help these women.
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