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Asma al-Assad: A “desert rose” crushed by Syria’s strife
Shopping while her country crumbles. We know the story of the emails uncovered by the Guardian that expose the gilded lifestyle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma.
The image of her spending tens of thousands of dollars in internet shopping sprees on handmade furniture from Chelsea boutiques, jewellery, chandeliers, expensive curtains and paintings while people are slaughtered around her has forever tainted the woman once named “a desert rose”.