Earth & Conservation

Why Is Syria's First Lady So Controversial?

Once a "rose in the desert," Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad's image has fallen as the country descends into chaos. So what is her story?

Asma al-Assad, the first lady of Syria has been described as glamorous, cunning, and a "rose in the desert." Scroll through Asma's Instagram and you'll see pictures of her cradling small children, helping the disabled, and visiting the ill, all while her husband's regime tortures dissidents, bombs hospitals and wages war until entire cities turn to rubble.

Asma was once seen as a glimmer of hope in a turbulent region. Now nearly six years into the Syrian Civil War, no one quite knows what to make of her. What's the real story behind Syria's controversial First Lady? Watch today's Seeker Daily video to find out.

Learn More:

The Daily Beast: Asma-al-Assad Comes Out in Support of Syria's Brutal Regime

The Economist: Assad's Torture Dungeons

The Guardian: Asma al-Assad: from Syria's 'desert rose' to 'first lady of hell'