Syria used to be an extremely peaceful country where only love prevailed. Although Bashar-ul-Asad’s father belonged to a different sect, he was a symbol of prosperity for the Syrians. A poor man was able to enjoy barbecued chicken with his family every night! Education was and still is free. Stationery and books were all provided free of cost. Hospital bills and medical expenses were minimal. They had discount bus pass to travel in public transport. Free lunch would be provided for students at school and more to be consumed at home. Each school would have approximately twenty-five hundred students in a state of the art building. Today, these buildings are providing shelter to the survivors.
Haya was born in a noble family in the city of Homs – a peaceful place where a woman won’t hesitate to travel alone in the middle of the night. Ninety percent of the men in her family were loyal servants of the army.
She was born to jubilated parents nine years after their marriage. Although both parents had children from their ex-partners, she was the first from this marriage. A source of happiness for the family of eight sisters and seven brothers, Haya turned out to be a super naughty kid, who would spark up the entire neighborhood with her mischief.
Her father loved her immensely and would joke around that: “One hair strand grays every day thanks to you!” Being a successful businessman, Mr. Abdul Jabbar had immense resources. He enjoyed the position of the chief in his tribe. He was also the minister of transport and ran an automobile showroom; a number of his buses revved throughout the city. Above all, he was a friend and a guide for his daughters, who could share petty matters with him more than they would with their mom.
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