Zarina (renamed – Ed.) Is now in her third week on the streets of her hometown, taking a walk with her children and trying to forget the past. The inspection technology installed at the exit of large shopping malls sometimes sounds like an iron knife left in his body. From the explosion of the cannonball, an iron knife remained in his body.
Zarina, who lives in a remote area of the Kazakh capital, began praying at the age of 17. Although his parents were Christian Orthodox, they called it his “chosen path.” She eventually met the guy who was going to be her husband over the internet. He later joined the Islamic State group.
– We got married through the internet. He is European and 21 years older than me. He invited me to Turkey and paid all my expenses. We met in Istanbul. We lived in Turkey for a month, maybe more, and then we went to Syria. He would leave early in the morning and return in the evening. I sat at home, did the housework, and looked after my children. My husband used to say that it would be better if we built a “caliphate” – says Zarina.
According to Zarina, her husband also brought her food and drink with household chemicals and gave her $ 150 a month.
“It cost a lot of money, and everything was very cheap.” Eventually the prices went up and we lost 19,000 tenge per kilo of meat, ”he recalls.
He divides his life in Syria into two parts, lived “without any worries” in 2013-2016, and then faced challenges. Zarina and her husband moved away from her “because of her ministry”. They lived first in Raqqa, then in Abu Kamale, then in the village of Shaafa, in Sussa, and finally in Baguza in southeastern Syria.
“We’ve been living in Baguz lately.” The area is also close to the border. According to my husband, there must be Iraq behind him. When our second child was born, I began to worry about safety and said I wanted to go back. I was wounded by a cannonball that landed in the yard. The hips remained on my shoulders and head, but the bone could not break. They are still in my body, they need to be cut off. My husband was good, he brought everything home, he was worried. But he was angry when I said I would go back. “Wait, everything will be fine,” he would say. I didn’t understand his point or purpose. He was just delaying it, not knowing it, ”Zarina said.
The first Kazakhs to travel to Syria to join the YD group were first reported by RFE / RL’s Kazakh Service in October 2013.
The group, which aims to create a caliphate, has started distributing videos on social media of Kazakh-speaking minors.
In the summer of 2013, the militants began retaliating against those who did not support their cause. In the fall of 2017, the United States and its allies began to suppress YD militants, who would lose much of their territory in Syria and Iraq. As the militants began to squeeze into the border, thousands of women and children with their families were left between two fires.
Zarina says she couldn’t persuade her husband to leave. In February 2019, the United States and the United States also signed a temporary agreement. Then, with the help of Kurdish rebels, he took his children and fled to a refugee camp. At the time, her husband was “at work” as before.
“I woke up in the morning and took my children.” We set off after I prepared them for the mess. There were orphans in our neighborhood, Chechen children. The woman looking at them looked at us and tried to stay. “Bring them, I’ll take them,” he said, taking both of his children. We were a herd and headed in one direction. There the Kurds were waiting in trucks. We were on the road one night, it was cold at night and it was hot during the day, and there was a blanket for all five of us. We are saved. Those who came after us were left in the storm at night and the newborns died, ”Zarina says.
After arriving at the U.S. military-controlled Al-Hol refugee camp, Zarina hands orphaned children to Chechens and takes care of a 10-year-old Kazakh boy. Hasan Zarina, who lost his parents during the clashes, is in a refugee camp and is in a rehabilitation camp when he arrives in Kazakhstan. Hasan was handed over to his parents in late May, but he still maintains a relationship with Zarina.
Zarina does not want to remember the time she was in a refugee camp.
– The Kurds are out of date. Only when the Americans arrived, the place improved. They looked after us and fed us, ”says Zarina.
– Kazakh women in the camp told me that Kazakhstan was taking back its citizens. I was afraid to go back to Kazakhstan, I thought they would go to jail. I watched a video about the operation, and then I became interested, and my father got in touch. My father said, “Come, promise the security of the country and forgive the sins.” I am sorry to leave the country. Thank you for welcoming us so. They accepted the child as the father welcomed him. They dressed, they ate, they gave psychological help, ”Zarina says.
As a result of the May 9 operation, Zarina and others were brought from the Middle East to Aktau, a rehabilitation center. On May 28, they returned to their hometown. He now lives with his parents. They have two more children, older and younger than Zarina. According to her husband’s relatives, she was seriously injured and taken to Baghdad after being taken to a refugee camp. The parents of this young family are trying not to forget that their daughters have gone to Syria – the scene of a fierce battle and they are not telling anyone about it.
Zarina is now 24 years old, the young woman has no profession or education, and has no plans yet, only to worry about correcting the documents of her sons born in Syria. She is very grateful to her parents for welcoming her warmly. According to him, they have not changed their “attitude towards Islam,” and Zarina is still praying and wearing the hijab.
During Jesus’ three operations, Kazakhstan reportedly brought 516 people from the Middle East, including 360 children. A number of adults have been charged with felony criminal mischief for “promoting terrorism” and “inciting hostility.”