VIDEO: Woman who fled Daesh’s capital takes off veil in TIME magazine exclusive

Published June 27th, 2016 - 07:19 GMT
US special forces assisting the Syrian Democratic Forces near Raqqa, Syria (AFP/Delil Souleiman)
US special forces assisting the Syrian Democratic Forces near Raqqa, Syria (AFP/Delil Souleiman)

In a powerful video posted by TIME magazine, Raqqa, Syria woman Radi Suleiman removes the veil that completely covers her face in defiance of Daesh (ISIS)’s dress code. Suleiman, who recently fled the group’s territory and is now in Lebanon, then strips down to simple, casual clothing, letting her hair show on camera.

“This outfit is a fraud-it is a deception,” said Suleiman in the video, speaking her native Arabic. “When it became obligatory and enforced, it became despised. I don’t want it anymore. When we used to wear it with our free will, it was beautiful.”

The article by Shona Murray says the 39-year-old- Suleiman lived in Raqqa-Daesh’s capital city-before fleeing to Lebanon's Beqqa Valley. Suleiman claims that all the armed group’s in Syria-including the Syrian army, the Kurdish YPG, and the Free Syrian Army-have blood on their hands, but says “Daesh is the most evil and criminal organization.”

Daesh imposes an uber-strict dress code in its territory, requiring women to cover themselves from head-to-toe. Locals say violating this results in imprisonment or worse.

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