The wife of the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, Asma, has breast cancer. Doctors discovered a tumor in one breast and his Wednesday start with the treatment.
The government of the Syrian president posted the news Wednesday on social media. “With a lot of strength and faith is Asma al-Assad began the first phase of the treatment against a malignant tumor in the breast, which was quickly discovered.’ When the message is a photo of the 42-year-old first lady and her husband in the hospital in Damascus.
Asma studied, worked and lived for a long time in London, where she also was born. Her parents are Syrians from an influential Sunni family from Homs. She married Bashar al-Assad in 2000. Probably she learned to know him when Assad briefly studied in London in the beginning of the nineties. On the precise circumstances, it is little known, except for the fact that both of them after his return to Syria in 1994 contact remained.
The outsiders surprising the marriage was celebrated in december 2000, shortly after her husband had joined the government. The couple had three children, two sons and a daughter. Hafiz is 16, Zein 14 and Karim 13.
The wife of the Syrian dictator was initially very popular with the international audience, because they are the Syrian regime a modern face gave. But since the Syrian civil war in 2011 broke out, she gets a lot of criticism, because they are not speaking out against the bloody repression of the population and the rebels. The state brings her regularly into the picture when they are wounded Syrian soldiers visit or the next of kin of fallen soldiers comfort.
The Syrian conflict has in the meantime already more than 350,000 people lives. Millions of other Syrians are fleeing the violence.