I posted an old blog again before this entry because it is relevant to what happened today and to this entry. Shortly before eight o’clock this evening (Damascus time) Maimouna answered her door bell quickly hoping that the bell will not wake up her 6 month old daughter, Iymar. At the door there was a platoon of al-mukhabarat (the Syrian political police) with her brother, Suhaib, shackled. Suhaib Ammar was walking to his sister’s apartment when he was stopped by al-mukhabarat. They asked him where about his brother in law, Ousama. He did not know where he was. They invaded the house searching for Ousama.
"Your husband is prisoner of conscious is he not?" asked the officer.
"Yes." She answered.
"You know that he became a bomb maker and he killed several security officers."
"That is not true." She replied with confidence.
"Where is he?" The officer asked.
"I do not know. Since he was released from jail he has been absent." She answered.
"It looks like you are not going to speak." T"ake the baby with you until her father turns himself in," shouted the officer.
Scared to death Maimouna held on to her 6 month old fighting them off. Finally they left and took her brother Suhaib instead with them. She ran after them. "Why you are taking my brother? He has nothing to do with this!"
"Don’t worry. We will return him dead in couple days."
They left with Suhaib. One can only imagine how the night passed for the 26 year old young mother.
If her 6 month old daughter got arrested today it would not be the first time. The young mother got arrested when she was 6 months pregnant with her. When she was born early this summer her father was in jail for the fourth time in his life. After he got released, she never slept in the same house with her father. He is always on the run.
The six month old baby Iymar was born into troubled Syria to a family totally committed to non-violent struggle against dictatorship. Her parents are well known nonviolent activists who worked against the dictatorship for more than 10 years. Her grandfather, Dr. Mohammad al-Ammar, M.D. is also a well known non-violant activist who has been in jail for several months as of today.
Tonight she went to bed with her father on the run, her grandfather and uncle in jail, and her mother listening closely to each move she hears behind the door. But hope remains because her parents and millions of Syrians are working today to give her a more free future.