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    Syria .. Dreams Changed By War !

    Tens of thousands of Syrian students dreamed of becoming engineers, teachers and pioneers of other professions but the devastating war that ravaged their country shattered many of their dreams.
    Although many syrians were able to establish a future abroad or ended up in miserable asylum camps, others chose to stay in their country as fighters or media workers.
    One of them is Delbren Sadiq, 26, who was forced by the circumstances of her region in Syria to leave the study of chemistry to become a fighter against ISIS.
    A year before the militant organization ISIS seized control of the city of Raqqa in 2014, Dalbren was a student in the third year of university, but things turned upside down. Women were forced to wear black clothes that showed nothing and the population became under extreme conservative rule.
    Memories amid the destruction
    The young woman left her city and joined the women’s protection units, the women’s section of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units. “I have not returned to Raqqa except to liberate it,” says Delbrin.
    The Syrian Democratic Forces, composed of Arab and Kurdish sectors have taken full control over the past few days.
    After the expulsion of extremist fighters from the campus, Delbrin went there to recover some of her university memories amidst the devastation. “When I walk around the university, I remember my colleagues, I hope they are fine,” she says.
    “I feel pain for everything I’ve lost,” said the young woman, who originates from Ras al-Ain in the neighboring province of Hasaka. But she does not feel sorry for her personal life.
    “I loved the military life, I will not leave this life as long as the war exists, and if I can study while in the military I will,” adds Delbrin.
    “Media Builds the State”
    Ahmad al-Khatib, aged 28, was a student at the Faculty of Civil Engineering at Tishreen University in Lattakia when protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime broke out in March 2011.
    Prior to the start of the conflict in Syria, Khatib’s uncle had advised him to study the media but the young Syrian chose civil engineering.
    The war pushed Khatib to what his uncle had advised him and he found himself in the battlefields and under the bombing as a reporter.
    Ahmed took part in the first protests so his name appeared in a security report. One day in November 2011 he was on his way with a friend to Idlib where he was stopped by a regular security checkpoint.
    Khatib spent 22 days in an Idlib prison and was then transferred to a court in Damascus and tried on charges of demonstrating and “insulting the state”.
    He says he was tortured to say he was carrying a gun. “But I did not admit to it, I did not carry a gun.”
    When Ahmed came out of prison he had a statement that he was no longer wanted by the security services, but this statement was not enough to allow him to complete his studies.
    Khatib was one of the best at school and university, so it was “hard” to leave everything.
    The Syrian youth then realized that his academic dreams had vanished. He began the task of documenting the protests then covering the armed conflict and the humanitarian consequences of the war.
    “I enter YouTube to learn photography and we used to use our phones to capture everything,” Khatib said. He believes that “the field of information is the finest field in the revolution, which exposed the crimes of the Syrian regime to the whole world.”
    He hopes that the war will end in his country to join a media college.
    Source: AFP

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