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  the bedouin people i met
by call_me_rhia

Forget romanticism: bedouin life is changing in Syria, too. People are becoming less of a nomad and they are getting used to live in houses more. I have had the pleasure to be invited by some friendly bedouin women for chai near Qasr Ibn Wardan - and even if i did not stay for too long it's obvious that there are starting to be some problems among bedouin people. Abandoning their nomadic lifestyle and becoming more "sedentary" has meant that many have now access to some degrees of formal education. However, a problem I came across by speaking to one of the girls, is that the new generation has made this life-style their own, and see future in education. Her parents, however, have never quite settled down in this "new" reality and try to bring forth their traditional way of living... which for a woman means to get married and help her husband or family in farming - at the expense of education. She was really sad by this family imposition to give up going to school to be useful to the family - and so seemed to be her sisters. She also had worried about the future laying ahead for her baby daughter, a worry I can easily share. I guess that, as Syria moves ahead, only time will tell how life for these welcoming people will be. I surely wish them - women especially - more opportunities in life, more alternatives.

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  • Written Jan 11, 2003
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