Photo Credit: IOM/Muse Mohammed
Lina is a lawyer working at the community centre that is run by an IOM partner SSG where she provides legal advice for newly enrolled Syrian refugees to the centre. Specializing in gender based violence she is often referred to Syrian women who are dealing with sensitive cases and helps them with understanding their rights, particularly under Turkish and refugee laws. “One of the most common issues that women come to me with, is divorce and how to proceed with it. Many feel like they have no way out but I show them that they always have options available to them,” she explains.
“I’ve always felt a powerful need to help those who do not fully know their rights. I have often seen too many women in situations where they feel like they have no legal recourse.”
“I try my best to help them but I don’t always succeed. I remember one case that stayed with me when a woman came with her husband and two children and said that she wanted a divorce. She said that the war and the struggles of living as a refugee had completely broken down their marriage and she wanted a way out. I helped her through the process but before we could finalize things, her husband took their children and ran off somewhere. We have been unable to find them even though we are pretty sure they are still in Turkey. The case broke her heart just as much as it did mine.”