Syrian women fight wartime blues with football

Published April 17th, 2016 - 04:00 GMT
Syrian children play a football match in Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp on July 6, 2013.  (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
Syrian children play a football match in Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp on July 6, 2013. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)

Women kick up a storm in Syrian football

When Sulin Murad told her parents that she wanted to join a women’s football team, they were surprisingly enthusiastic.

This reaction, she told Damascus Bureau, was a result of social changes brought about by the Syrian revolution.

“I don’t know why some people think football is a sport for men only,” said Murad, now a committed team member. “We shall become pioneer players in our country.”

The sport has long been viewed as strictly for boys and men only, but three women’s teams set up by the Kurdish Democratic Youth Union are trying to change that perception.

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