Looking for a safe haven: Syrians displaced



ARA News

Qamishli, Syria− Since the start of the anti-Assad revolution, March 2011, more than 150,000 people were killed in different areas in Syria, according to the records of human rights organizations. The estimated numbers of civilians escaping violence reached nearly five thousand a day. 

Many people have been displaced as violence escalated in the war-torn country in general and in the Kurdish-populated northern areas in particular. According to the United Nations’ estimates, more than two million refugees took shelter in the neighbouring countries such as Turkey, and Kurdistan Region of Iraq. 

Um Maryam, a mother of four children and whose husband is missed since nearly one year, left her hometown of Homs and resorted to city of Qamishli/Qamishlo (where the Kurds constitute majority), in northeastern Syria, told ARA News that she and her children took refuge in Qamishli, after having moved between the countryside of Damascus and the city of Raqqa.

“Those areas lack stability because of the constant shelling of the regime forces against Damascus suburbs, so we had no choice but to resort to Qamishli,” Um Maryam said.

“My husband returned to Homs after displacement to reassure the safety of the rest of the family members in a try to persuade them to move to a safer area. He then disappeared.” she said. 

Remarkably, the city of Qamishli received thousands of Syrian families from different areas in Syria, due to the devastation those cities and towns were exposed to. Qamishli is considered relatively stable compared to other war-torn areas. 


Reporting by: Miran Hussain

Source: ARA News


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