I glared at my suitcase, not knowing what to fish out of it. Many hammams set aside one day per week exclusively for women; some dedicate a few hours on multiple days. You’ll bathe in your underwear, so bring an extra post-bath pair.
Bangura visited Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan from April 16 to 29 and interviewed girls and women who had escaped ISIS captivity and survived sexual violence.
“Women and girls are at risk and under assault at every point of their lives,” Bangura said, stressing that they are in danger at “every step of the way…
”One woman described an assault on another prisoner, which she witnessed. Another young girl, a witness to her mother’s death reported: “Three faces got close to mine, and many hands started touching my body. There have also been cases of suicide when the shame seems to be unbearable.
The famous one is about a girl in Latakia who killed herself by jumping off the balcony after she was raped.
As you approach the bathhouse, you’ll see a heavy piece of carpet hanging in the doorframe. You’ll find a large, domed room in which every possible surface is draped with damp rugs.
Women in various states of undress will be eating, smoking, praying, sipping tea, or corralling screaming and running children. She will ask you what package you want to purchase—the full bathing package usually includes a bath, a scrub, a massage, and tea for about .
As we can read in the report, interviewed Syrian refuges admitted that rape is the main reason why women leave the country. It led her to sanitize herself using trash, which resulted in developing a “reproductive disease.” There are cases of female prisoners being questioned while naked in separate cells. Many of them are afraid also of retribution of the torturers.
They are attacked either in public or at home often in front of their family members. “They smelled rotten, like death” Unfortunately, sexual violation has became a gang-rapes matter. The reason for keeping the crimes in secret is also a fear of being killed by a family member in a case they would find out about rape, as it is considered a dishonor for them.
Knowing what to bring to a Syrian hammam (a public bathhouse) and what to do once you get there can save you a lot of time and embarrassment. I can’t promise that you’ll enjoy the carpeted wonder that is a Syrian bathhouse, but you can at least experience its steamy splendor without being the baffled, naked foreigner—I’ve already done that for you.