Asma al-Assad dared to show her face in public in Damascus on Monday, making a rare appearance at an event to support mothers of Syrian soldiers who are fighting for her husband, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The 37-year-old woman, her three children and her husband have been in hiding since the beginning of the war in March 2011. She hadn't been seen since 2012, ABC news said. At the end of January, Bashar al-Assad announced that his wife was pregnant with the family's fourth child.
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Assad was the subject of a much-mocked Vogue profile in February 2011, at the height of the Arab Spring and mere weeks before violence broke out in earnest in Syria. The writer, Joan Juliet Buck, called her "A Rose In the Desert," following the idea Assad had cultivated for years of being a glamorous Arab Princess Diana.
Maya covers the U.N., Europe, and the Middle East for IBTimes. She joined the company in July 2012 after having previously worked with DNAinfo.com and Gawker.