You won't find too many women holding massive sniper rifles on the front line of Syria’s civil war, but Guevara isn't your average woman.
The 36-year-old former English teacher committed herself to battle after her two children were killed in an airstrike that hit their family home a few months ago. Since then she’s held her own alongside 30 other men and boys in an Aleppo rebel division and is known in the streets as “the female sniper” or “Guevara,” which is a nickname borrowed from the Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara.
“I like fighting,” she told the Telegraph, explaining that she’s happy in her role. “When I see that one of my friends in my katiba [rebel division] has been killed, I feel that I have to hold a weapon and take my revenge.”
Guevara sits for hours in abandoned buildings, waiting for the streets to clear of civilians before taking aim at government soldiers. She claims it is difficult to tell when she hits them, but believes to have hit four or five soldiers so far.
Originally from Palestine, Guevara learned how to shoot a gun at a Lebanese military training camp run by Palestinian militants. She has long been a critic of Bashar al-Assad’s regime and even helped start an underground revolutionary newspaper while studying and Aleppo University.
Taking up arms for the rebel cause was not an easy road for her, however, as she decided to leave her first husband because he was not revolutionary enough and threatened to break from her second when he didn’t want to allow Guevara to fight. She admits, too, that she wakes up in the middle of the night sometimes crying about the loss of her children and the horrors she’s seen.
Despite her losses and challenges and brushes with death, Guevara will continue to fight alongside the rebels to demand the resignation of al-Assad. Over 60,000 people have died so far in the nearly 2-year long conflict.