The most inspiring girl you will read about this International Women’s Day

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This is Noor, my absolute inspiration.

I often write about her because I am often thinking about her. She is a fighter. A strong, beautiful, intelligent role model for us all.

At 23 years old, Noor was in the final year of her law degree at Damascus university in Syria. She had just finished an exam and was waiting for her three friends to meet her to celebrate. As they walked towards her, a bomb hit their university. Noor watched in horror as their bodies flew into the air in front of her.

Noor’s three friends died that day and her world changed forever. Her body, although physically unharmed, went into shock and her nervous system began to slowly shut down.

Noor’s family decided to flee Syria to find safety and the medical treatment Noor needed. Her mother and brother CARRIED her to Turkey because a wheelchair would have made too much noise as they illegally crossed the border. Devastatingly, they were forced to leave her father behind as he had recently suffered a heart attack (also as a result of the chaos unfolding around him), and was too ill to make the journey.

Noor is now stuck in Turkey, unable to work, unable to get the treatment she needs, and is desperate to get to Europe or America / Canada somehow.

Noor….on a day that we are celebrating women…I want to tell you that your humour and positivity guide me in everything I do. I want to tell you that I am sending you so much love and that I am thinking about you. I’m going to continue fighting for you because I know you would do the same for me if things were the other way round. I’m so grateful to be on this journey with you and I can’t wait to celebrate the day you take those first steps.

I love you. Happy International Women’s Day.

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