Sarab prepares to go to work, leaving her three children with her mother, Um Anas. (photographed 2015). Sarab fled Syria after the regime imprisoned and tortured her for two months. She was accused of writings sympathetic to the rebels. She joined her mother and brothers in Jordan in 2013. Sarab’s husband disowned her and their children once he learned that she had been raped in prison.
Her brothers and their elder sons have since made the journey to Germany, leaving behind three women, including Sarab and her mother, and eight small children in the house.
When Sarab’s husband divorced her, her in-laws said to her, “Forget you have a husband. Or a father to your three children.” But unlike other Syrian women who suffered similar sexual violence, Sarab does not hide or deny what happened to her in jail.
“My daughter is now a whore in the eyes of society,” Um Anas says. “And I don’t give a damn. There is no finer woman.”
Sarab works part-time as a receptionist at a gym. Now that her brothers have gone, she provides for the family left behind.
“I don’t have money. I am working to secure my kids’ schools and this house. I don’t want anything for myself,” she said. “I just want them to be happy.”