Damascus-born Thwaiba Kanafani, 41, moved to Canada in 2002. She's a trained engineer. She's a mother of two young children.
And she'll soon be made a commander of the Free Syrian Army.
In May, Kanafani left her apartment in Toronto for the Syrian battle zone, a decision, she says, surprised her family and friends.
"I just decided. I didn't seek permission from anybody," she told the National Post.
Kanafani had been closely following the conflict in Syria, communicating with activists and other Syrians online. Kanafani wanted to help fight against the Assad regime — from the front lines.
"When you see that kids are being killed this way, women are being raped, men and women, everybody is being killed," she said in an interview over Skype with the National Post. "You can't sit down. I was burning in my chair, I can't continue ignoring this."
[ Related: Syria hit by diplomatic defection ]
There have been an estimated 17,129 deaths, including almost 12,000 civilian deaths, since theRead More »from Toronto mother Thwaiba Kanafani swaps city life for Syrian war zone