Women of Raqqa: ‘We are dead but we are still breathing’

Every aspect of a vivid life disappeared in the northeastern Syrian city of Raqqa after “Islamic State” (“IS”) took over. Joy, happiness and liveliness were replaced by darkness. The clothes of men and women, the walls, the buildings, the banners: they are all dark now.

After IS imposed its version of Sharia law, women were banned from wearing anything other than black. All women in Raqqa became alike. You might not even recognize your own sister or mother on the street. Even perfumes and talking loudly in public are punishable offenses for women.

A 25-year-old woman – who requested to be referred to as “Hala” – spoke with DW about her life in this broken city, and how she’s faring under the rule of IS.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Such total and complete misunderstanders of Islam. Just ask Emperor Justinian.

  • Shebel

    Not to worry lady. Keep that Shroud on because you will soon be dead for real.
    Happy now?

    • Frances

      Shebel – this might be a woman I would want to accept as a refugee; given, of course, that any male relatives who accompany her are proud adherents of women’s rights as we define them here in Canada.

  • Canadian

    Not to worry, lady, western liberal womyn will dress just like you to show their support.

  • infedel

    You birth and raise jihadist and celebrate their virgins in the sky while you get beaten and thrown acid upon… stand up, Western women did..you help create your savage men

  • Nermal

    I’m really looking forward to the day Muslim women revolt.