Damascus – First Lady of Syria Asma Assad, said on Tuesday that Syria can be rebuilt and predicted that the Syrian people would rise again.
“I know that Syria can and will rebuild itself. What’s important is that we tackle the internal and external factors that fueled and prolonged the war,” she told Russia 24, a state-owned Russian news channel.
“As Syrians, we’ve always prevailed, and this period in our history is no different,” President Bashar al-Assad’s wife said. “Syrians will rise again.”
In her remarks, Assad criticised Western media for exclusively focusing on the plight of refugees and Syrians living in rebel controlled areas. “In fact, the vast majority of people displaced are living across the rest of the country, and these people, as much as anybody else, matter. And nobody, nobody, has the right to dehumanize them based on the lines of a map,” she said.
“The severity of the situation is beyond comprehension,” Assad said, in reference to Syria’s humanitarian crisis. “The displacement, the poverty, the sickness, the suffering is possibly unprecedented.”
Asma Assad also confirmed reports from 2011, which said that the first lady and her children were offered asylum. She told Russia 24 that she had turned down every asylum offer.
“I was offered the opportunity to leave Syria, or rather to run from Syria. These offers included guarantees of safety and protection for my children and even financial security,” Assad said.
“It doesn’t take a genius to know what these people were really after: It was never about my well-being or my children, it was a deliberate attempt to shatter people’s confidence in their president, and suffice to say these offers were foolish — and not even made by people who were Syrian,” she said. “I have been here since the beginning, and I never thought of being anywhere else.”
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