She is not the face you are expecting.
Smooth skin, clear eyes, softly curled hair. A navy blue, slightly off-the-shoulder blouse with a brooch on her right beast.
Asma al-Assad is the First Lady of Syria. She has a British accent, she was schooled at King’s College in London and she is married to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Her country is falling apart and she’s still smiling for Instagram.
Last week, we saw Syrian children being hosed down as chemicals burnt their skin. It was a rebel-held town in the Idlib province where the Syrian government allegedly dropped chemical bombs that killed 89 people, many of them children.
The same week, on the Instagram account run by, or dedicated to, to the country’s First Lady, we saw a ‘throw back’ to an interview she did in 2009, in the city of Damascus. She can be seen talking to a journalist in a park, a peaceful street in the background.
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We saw footage of children foaming at the mouth, eyes rolling back in their heads.
We saw another throwback image of the First Lady in a pretty summer dress. It’s white with black spots, held at the waist by a black belt. The hashtags read: #WeLoveYouAsma #syria #tb #assad