"I do not sing for your entertainment"
Hiba* and Rama* are normal sisters. They bicker, they talk over one another, they laugh at each other. But they’re also refugees. They’re activists. Oh, and they’re rappers.
“We are children who stand against child marriage,” Hiba and Rama flow in unison. “We will fight the world to stop it.”
These talented Syrian sisters are already changing attitudes in Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, where they’ve lived for six years. They’ve helped stop the marriage of one their school friends and got their parents’ support to turn down proposals themselves.
“I think that many grown-ups believe in child marriage,” says Hiba, who’s 17. “And after many attempts to change their views, some were convinced. Their mindsets have changed.”
“It’s common that children learn from adults, but nowadays things have changed - adults should learn from children,” says 14-year-old Rama. “I believe we have so much to show them.”
It’s hard to believe they’ve been through so much. When the family fled the war in Syria, Rama was in a bad place. Her arm was badly injured in an explosion and she was struggling mentally.
But her big sister, Hiba, helped her find fresh hope through writing and rap music. “I keep telling her that we will achieve great things and the world will know about us,” she says.
They’re growing in confidence thanks to Save the Children and Arsenal’s Coaching for Life programme. It empowers children to stand up for their rights through football coaching. And for Hiba and Rima, it’s kickstarted something special.
*Names changed to protect identity.