Laya (34) lived in Raqqa when IS took over the city. She faced consequences of this invasion firsthand. She hardly ever left her house. She didn't wear a headscarf before but was now wearing completely covering burqas out of fear of ISIS. Fear because of the rumors about women who got arrested, fear caused by the increasing violence, by the time the soldiers of ISIS tell her off for speaking to male former clients of her, and fear caused by the hacked off heads that IS hangs on squares and forces people to watch. Eventually she managed to escape her hometown and she currently lives in a safer place.
––––– #Womenofsyria tells the stories of real Syrian women. Not refugees, but the ones that stayed behind. The project uses illustrations instead of photos mainly because the women are afraid of being exposed to the regime of Assad.
Source: Women of Syria, Syrian Women's Network