Inspiring stories of courage of women in Syria at Amnesty Wirksworth and District event

On Saturday 14thApril, Wirksworth and District Amnesty group held an event  (originally planned for International Women’s Day in early March) at the Stone Centre.

A presentation was given by Hannah Reed, an aid and development worker for 15 years in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Hannah talked and showed pictures of her wide ranging work in these countries, including currently with ‘Big Heart’, a Syrian based organisation, grown from one Syrian man’s initiative. Through Big Heart, Hannah met Ola Batta, an amazing young Syrian woman who joined our meeting via video link. Originally from Aleppo, she now lives with her family in Turkey. Ola told us about her humanitarian work since the Syrian crisis began. She has taken a lead role in organising food distribution, women’s rights and education for young traumatised children.

This moving, thought provoking presentation from Hannah and Ola was greatly appreciated by the those attending. In response to questions, both agreed that we must remember the Syrian conflict started with pro democracy protests. The international community has its own agenda. One Syrian worker for Big Heart said “Everybody’s talking about Syria, nobody’s talking to Syrians”.

Donations totalling £180 will be sent to a Syrian charity chosen by Hannah and Ola.

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