When you’re asked what you did for these people when they needed it most, what you did for the future of the most radical democratic society of our time, what will you say?
Since March 18th, 2018, Turkish forces and their jihadist allies have occupied the formerly diverse, peaceful region of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria known as Afrin. Hundreds of thousands of civilians were forced to flee. Residential areas were flattened; water plants, hospitals, and schools were targeted; Turkish forces used chemical weapons on civilians—a grave violation of the laws of war. The international community was silent.
An area that was once a safe haven for displaced people from all parts of Syria is now a house of horrors. Today, Turkish-backed terrorists force Yazidis and Christians to convert to Islam; burn forests and fields to destroy local livelihoods; kidnap civilians to extort money from their relatives; rape women, torture prisoners; and loot homes and businesses. Families of jihadists have been moved into the homes of people who were forced out, in an effort to change the city’s demographics.
The displaced people of Afrin fare little better. The camps in which they live lack sufficient water, electricity, and medicine. Many people have died from treatable diseases or injuries— especially children and the elderly, who are at higher risk. The Kurdish Red Crescent is the only organization providing aid on the ground. Shahba Canton, where the main camps are located, is surrounded by hostile Turkish-backed rebels on one side and Syrian government forces on the other, preventing people and goods from coming in or out.
The war in Afrin may have faded from the headlines. It still takes an enormous toll on the lives of Afrin’s people. They need your help today.