Asma al-Assad speaks at the opening session of the Women Business International Fourm in Damascus
April 12, 2018
FIRST LADY OF HELL
Who is Bashar al-Assad’s wife Asma, when did she marry the Syrian president and where was she born in the UK?
The Syrian first lady was once described as the Princess Diana of Syria with looks and a fashion sense that turned heads on the world stage.
SHE was once described as the Princess Diana of Syria with looks and a fashion sense that turned heads on the world stage.
However, British born Asma al-Assad has since been labelled the “first lady of hell” who infamously shopped while others died.
Who is Bashar al-Assad’s wife Asma and is she British?
Her parents are both Sunni Muslims from Homs, the Syrian city located near the air base bombed on April 9, 2018.
Fawaz Akhras is a cardiologist and her mother, Sahar Akhras, is a retired First Secretary of Syria’s London embassy.
Asma was raised in London and attended Twyford Church of England high school and Queen’s College London.
In 1996, she graduated with degrees in Computer Science and French Literature.
She’s fluent in French, Spanish, Arabic and English.
The couple – who have three kids – married ‘secretly’ in 2000 after a holiday romance
When did she marry the ruthless Syrian dictator?
On leaving education, Asma went into banking – working at Deutsche Bank Group as a hedge funds analyst.
Two years later, she was hired by J.P Morgan, working as an investment banker in London and New York.
At the time, she was already dating Assad whom she had met while on a family holiday to Syria.
A month before their “secret” wedding in 2000, she quit her job with explanation.
It was reported Asma gave up an opportunity to earn an MBA from Harvard when she married the new Syrian president.
At the time of her marriage, he was 35 and she was 25. The couple have three children.
Hafez, named after Assad’s father, was born in 2001, daughter Zein was born in 2003 and son Karim in 2004.
The Syrian President called in at Buckingham Palace during an official three-day visit to Britain
Is it true she nearly left al-Assad for a new life?
In October 2016, Asma gave a rare English-language interview with Russia 24, a state-supported station in Russia.
Asma reportedly said she was offered a chance to leave Syria but has never thought about doing so.
“I’ve been here since the beginning and I never thought of being anywhere else at all,” Asma said.
“Yes, I was offered the opportunity to leave Syria or rather to run from Syria.
“These offers included guarantees of safety and protection for my children and even financial security.”
In the interview, Asma denounced sanctions imposed on Syria by Western countries, claiming they hurt ordinary citizens.
Fashionable Asma once hired a PR firm to engineer an image of a caring first lady
Is the ‘Desert Rose’ loved or feared in Syria?
At first Chanel-suited Asma – known for a time as Syria’s Princess Diana – was loved for bringing a touch of glamour to Syria.
She worked hard on her image, even paying a top PR company to paint her as “A Rose in the Desert” who cared about “her” people.
However, when jails began filling with political prisoners and the bombs continued to drop, she stayed silent
And then WikiLeaks published tens of thousands of emails from her office that made plain what Asma was doing during the violence – SHOPPING.