Syrian wives and mothers left behind condemn men who have fled the country, and ask: ‘Who will free us? Who will protect us?’ It is wrong to leave your country’
- Women living in refugee camps in Syria asked about men fleeing to Europe
- They accuse men of abandoning their country in times of crisis
- Another say it is forbidden under Islam to leave your home nation
Syrian men fleeing their war-torn home country are being criticised by the women ‘left behind’ to live in squalor in refugee camps.
When questioned about their feelings regarding the large number of men who have fled Syria for Europe without their wives and children, these women do not mince their words.
One woman accuse them of abandoning Syria in a time of crisis, while others stop short of calling them cowards by saying it is ‘haram’ – forbidden under Islam – to leave their country.
The women, interviewed by American video journalist Bilal Abdul Kareem, all live in a refugee camp in Syria, having left their home cities and villages during the four-year civil war.
A young woman sitting in one of the temporary buildings in the refugee camp says she is very upset about men leaving women and children behind in Syria. .
‘We have a crisis here. So if they[the men] go, who will free us? Who will protect us?
We are their honor. We are their honour… Who will avenge [the martyred]?’
Another accuses Syrian men of abandoning women and children, leaving them to rely on ‘outsiders’ to help the population and fight the war.
One woman, who says she has fled her home in Homs, western Syria,says she will not abandon her home country even if ‘European nations are better’.
“By Allah, it is wrong! Isn’t this wrong? It is wrong to leave your country and your family.
‘We[women] are bearing everything not to leave our country… it’s harder than going to European countries, its hard.
Another adds: ‘In my opinion it is haram [forbidden under Islamic law] to leave the country, they leave it when it is in a bad need.
‘They [men] have to defend it.They have to stand by its people and not leave it and go just like that.’
She is then asked what she would say to the thousands of men who have fled Syria for Europe, to which she responds that she would call for them to come back and fight in the civil war to ‘defend the motherland’.
Europe is struggling to cope with its worst migrant crisis since World War Two as hundreds of thousands flee war and persecution in Africa and the Middle East.
More than 500,000 have arrived in Europe across the Mediterranean so far this year, more than double the figure for 2014, according to the international Organisation for Migration.
German authorities, meanwhile, expect up to 1.5million refugees to come to the country this year, up from a previous estimate of 800,000 to one million.