Explainer: NGOs in North and East Syria – political and humanitarian obstacles

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Kurdish Red Crescent workers on water distribution in Heseke city Developments in aid delivery and NGO sector in NES since 2011 In the face of the mass displacements the region has seen in recent years, aid from international organizations…

Interview: The relevance of people’s buses in times of economic crisis, municipality of Qamishlo

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Last year, the municipality of Qamishlo has set up public transport for the first time in this city: the Basên Gel (People’s buses). It is the first step towards more sustainable and affordable transport in North-East Syria, a region…

Interview: “These ‘cafes’ manipulate women, and so we shut them down” – Raqqa Women’s Office

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A recent ruling from the Raqqa Civil Council bans women from working in “cafeterias” in the city, as well as banning the public consumption of alcohol. On the one hand, the ruling provides an example of North and East Syria’s devolved…

Interview: “AANES must build a true partnership between Arabs, Syriac-Assyrians and Kurds” – Daoud Daoud, Assyrian Democratic Organization

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Can you introduce yourself and the Assyrian Democratic Organization? My name is Daoud Lahoud Daoud, and I am a civil engineer and general secretary of the Assyrian Democratic Organization. The Assyrian Democratic Organization is an Assyrian…

Interview: “We must develop a common view of the curriculum for our schools” – Kemal Musa, head of the Education committee of Deir-ez-Zor

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With the establishment of the Civil Council of Deir-ez-Zor in 2017, an Education Committee was created focusing on the revitalization and rebuilding of the education system. A civil committee has recently decided not to teach the curriculum…

Interview: “Social distancing is impossible” – Doctor working in Al-Hol camp on Corona prevention measures

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Interview with Ahmed*, doctor working at the medical point inside Al-Hol camp. The interview was carried out on 28 July 2020. Which Coronavirus measures have been set up in Al-Hol camp? Several humanitarian actors have collectively…

Transcript: Col. Myles Caggins of the International Coalition to Defeat ISIS – joint press conference with SDF

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Myles Caggins: It's good to see everybody. My colleagues and my partners in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have just described the important operations against ISIS in Heseke and Deir-ez-Zor. And I'm here to remind everyone that…

Interview: Why do the ‘Caesar’ sanctions affect NES, and how can this be prevented? – Cheleng Omer, economist

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Cheleng Omer is a former professor at Afrin University, and one of the top economists in North and East Syria. The interview was carried out on 19 July 2020. Semalka border crossing, connecting North and East Syria and Iraqi Kurdistan. Photo:…

Annual report of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria

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Many events and occurrences have taken place in 2019 which have had a great impact on Syria in general and on the situation in the autonomous areas of North and East Syria in particular. Our area has continued to be at the centre of…

Interview: “When COVID-19 does arrive, these water cuts will kill people” – Sara Montinaro from Kurdish Red Crescent

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Sara Montinaro, project manager at Kurdish Red Crescent, explains the water situation in Heseke after the latest cut-off of Allouk water station which is under Turkish occupation. She was interviewed on 11 July 2020. Water trucks from the…