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Struggling woman resists life hardships, community’s laws

ARSHIN NAJJAR

AL- SHAHBA – A woman who has been in charge of taking care of her family despite suffering from breast cancer, is supporting 7 children, including two people with special needs, as well as her unemployed husband.SEHBA-JINA-BERPISIYARIYA-MELBETA-XWE-RADIKE (4)

Thanaa,42-year-old from the district of Kafr Naya in al-Shahba canton of Afrin region, is married and has 7 children, two of them with special needs, who suffer from disabilities in their bodies.

During her lifetime, Thanaa suffered from the hardships and difficulties of life, especially as her husband was unemployed, she pointed out. So she had to work to secure a living for her children. However, life was on the lookout after she gave birth to her two children, Hassan, 17-year-old, who suffered from cerebral hypertrophy, which caused them hemorrhage.

She took care of her family as well as her two disabled children. She was forced to work in various jobs to secure a living, where she worked in the sale of clothes inside her house, in addition to other works.SEHBA-JINA-BERPISIYARIYA-MELBETA-XWE-RADIKE (2)

As if Thanaa suffering of the cruelty life and of the patriarchal society, laws did not stop that doctors told her she has breast cancer and that it must perform an eradication to prevent the spread of the disease in her body. But she did not have the money to conduct the operation and that her husband, according to what she said does not afford her and her children anything which forced her to postpone the procedure, which led to the spread of the disease in her body to reach the liver and bones.
Thanaa is now working at the Women’s Training and Awareness House in her city where Hawar News Agency met and listened to her suffering.

Thanaa says she does not care about her illness as much as she cares about the future of her children. She blames her unemployed husband and says he refuses to help her to secure treatment costs from cancer.

Although she tried to hide her illness from her children, a 20-year-old daughter, Aisha, when she heard of her mother’s illness, decided to give up studying and preferred to help her mother take care of her brothers while the mother went to work.SEHBA-JINA-BERPISIYARIYA-MELBETA-XWE-RADIKE (1)

Thanaa is currently receiving treatment at a hospital in Aleppo, where she takes weekly doses of cancer treatment in addition to bone disease doses.

Thanaa says she does not care about her illness as much as she cares about the future of her children. She blames her unemployed husband and says he refuses to help her to secure treatment costs from cancer.
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