Asma al-Assad was born August 11, 1975 in London to a well-regarded Syrian cardiologist, Fawaz Akhras, and his wife, Sahar Otri, a diplomat at the Syrian Embassy in London.
Asma means “supreme” in Arabic.
Raised in the middle-class neighborhood of Acton in West London, Asma al-Akhras reportedly got good grades at the tony private girls school Queens College. She went on to obtain degrees in computer science and French literature at Kings College in London. After graduating, she worked for three years in finance with a specialization in mergers and acquisitions for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.
Bashar wasn’t expected to follow the family’ political dynasty but following the death of his older brother he was called back to Syria, while he studied at The Western eye Hospital in London, to fulfill his duties.
It was during this time that he met his future wife, Asma became the wife of Ophthalmologist turned president Bashar al-Assad in 2000. Apparently o photos of the wedding appeared in Syrian papers; the Assad family was unhappy about the union. Assad was a member of the elite Alawite tribe, and Asma’s father was Sunni. The groups have a long history of rivalry and conflict Now that is love right! Getting married and not even have photos!
An excited and idealist Asma was coming to live to an unknown country at the age of 25, for the first time she was going to her homeland but knowing nothing about it. She showed herself as a dedicated first lady but when her actions did not meet her words she instead opted for the glamorous wife role.
Asma al-Assad and her husband have two boys and a girl: Hafez, Zein and Karim, all elementary school age. Before the violence broke out, she was involved in volunteer work to educate Syria’s youth.
There is no doubt she is a beautiful woman but has been highly criticized for standing by her man and failing on engaging into more serious social roles; while many have died in her country leaked e-mails show her buying household goods leaving her fellow Syrian’s and the rest of the world asking what are her priorities.
While she was once called by Syrians their Princess Diana; always looking dazzling and absolutely perfect in her preference of Channel clothing and Louis Button’s during most of 2000’s. That all change after she was also called naïve in believing she could better her country through charities.
Asma launched several Syrian “NGOs” devoted to promoting “sustainable development,” “civil society,” and, “microcredit.”
After the first major breakout in 2011 a once anti-violent regime Asma who called other wars as barbaric stayed expressionless, motionless and as many have said in denial.
The wife of a dictator, Asma 37, was once described by Vogue magazine as a ‘rose in the desert’, has not been seen in public in recent months. It was reported earlier this year she was expecting her fourth child.
Do you think Asma al-Assad is really naive about her countries situation or just misunderstood on what she’s really able to do?