Using music to raise awareness of child marriage
Sisters Hiba* and Rama* weren’t always so audacious. After eight-year-old Rama was hit by shrapnel during an attack on their house in Syria, she became depressed. Older sister Hiba, too, was affected by their family’s subsequent move to the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. Her hopes for a good education and becoming a lawyer were dashed.
From sisters to friends
Confidence and hope grew from an unexpected place – the sisters’ talent for rap. Hiba started writing music from a young age. Encouraged by her teachers, she continued writing, and slowly got her sister involved.
“I sensed how negative her thoughts and views on life were,” Hiba says. “Little by little, I approached her with my writings. At first, she gave me cold responses. She never really encouraged me to write more. She stuck to that cold attitude of hers.” With time, she adds “writing brought us close.”