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"Leila Mustafa is a young Syrian Kurd. She’s also mayor of the so-called
Islamic State’s former capital. Raqqa has been levelled as a result of
the Syrian civil war. But Mustafa, an engineer, wants to rebuild the
city on foundations of democracy and equal rights.
Her story is incredible: a young woman elected mayor of a city that was
once IS’s self-proclaimed capital. It was the scene of beheadings. Women
were forced to be completely covered in public. The Syrian Democratic
Forces (SDF), an alliance of mostly Kurdish fighters, recaptured Raqqa
with support from the US. Leila Mustafa was elected as co-leader,
charged with advancing Raqqa’s reconstruction. It’s a daunting task
given the thousands of booby-trapped explosive devices that remain. She
has a vision of building a livable city out of the rubble of what was a
stronghold of radical Islamism. She aims to create democratic structures
and a spirit of reconciliation. Leila Mustafa's story is told by French
writer Marine de Tilly."
Via Thomas Mertens.
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mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Andrew Pam
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