Today, my mother, my sister and her children arrived safely from Damascus to Jordan. I was very worried about them. My mother went couple of days ago to Damascus to see her family and to accompany my sister to Jordan. My sister and her husband live at one of the outskirts of Damascus and they have been cut out of communications (phones and internet) for couple of months. I used to talk to her once a week when she goes to her in-laws’ house.
The communications cutoff is a measure taken by the Syrian regime; for protection, concern and out of love for the Syrian citizens. Why else would they cutoff phones and internet? Imagine living in a place where you can’t call for help. If you have a home intruder you have to defend yourself and if a family member needs an ambulance you have to drive him to hospital, assuming you have a car or you can depend on the generosity of your neighbor.
I have been hearing many stories of Syrians denied exist for no reason. If my sister has a Syrian passport she would have been denied exit but because she has a Jordanian passport the people at the border tried to find excuses for not letting her leave the country. They told her that because she doesn’t have “the family document”* with her they can’t let her leave the country with the children since there is no proof that they are hers. My sister’s children are of course listed on her passport with their pictures and this should be the only proof needed to travel**. But as I mentioned they try desperately and foolishly anyway possible to keep the people in Syria.
The situation in Syria is getting worse day by day while the world is watching and while Russia is providing the regime with arms. What make me very sick are the individuals who support this regime.
* Every family in Syria has a family document were all the family member names and birth dates are listed.
** My sister’s children don’t have Jordanian passports because the law in Jordan (and many Arab countries) permits the father only to pass his citizenship to his children but this is not the case for the mother.