The video shows men, women, and children all singing and dancing to celebrate their liberation from the Islamic State. Two of the women in the video take off their veil and proceed to light it ablaze in celebration. Two other women celebrate their freedom by lighting up a cigarette, while children are seen dancing in the streets.
Syrian women deciding to torch their burqas and veils has become a common occurrence upon being freed from ISIS rule. To many, it is a symbol of oppression.
“Damn this stupid invention that they made us wear,” a Syrian woman said in August after she was liberated by the SDF. “We’re humans, we have our freedom.”
The Islamic State has ordered women in Iraq and Syria to wear full veils or be subject to “serious punishment.”