War conditions constrain education at Syrian universities



ARA News

Qamishli, Syria− University students in Hasakah province have to endure hardships while pursuing their education in their war-torn home-country, especially those who are enrolled in Damascus and Aleppo universities. Many students are wanted by the Syrian security forces, while others are constrained by the checkpoints installed by some Islamic armed factions on the roads leading to the southern and western areas in Syria.  

Faysal Hamo, a student in al-Baath University in Homs, told ARA News that the university is located in war zones of Homs city and that he couldn’t finish his studies even though he was about to graduate.

Kurdish students are also subject to arbitrary detentions, by the Islamic factions and the regime forces alike.  

The security situation in Hasakah province is not very different from the situation in other Syrian areas, as the province is under the control of three different groups; Qamishli and Hasakah cities are under the control of the regime forces, the southern suburbs of Qamishli and Hasakah are controlled by some Islamic factions and rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), while the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) −affiliated with the PYD− are dominant in the other areas, north and northeast Syria. 

Jiwan Muhammed, from Qamishli city and a student in al-Furat University in the city of Hasakah, told ARA News that he takes a different and longer road to reach Hasakah and attend his classes at the university.

“The regime forces have installed a checkpoint at the southern entrance of Hasaka city, which constraints our movement. That’s why I resort to a different road to get to the city safely, which is time-consuming and more expensive than usual,” Muhammed said.   

He added that the location of the Faculty of Arts where he studies is close to Ghueran district, a center for anti-regime protests, “where every now and then armed clashes occur between the regime forces and opposition fighters”.

“Therefore, we always feel alarmed. Moreover, the presence of members of the National Defence −forces loyal to the regime– at the entrances of the university causes many problems as students are being continuously annoyed,” Muhammed added. 

Many Syrian universities closed their gates because of the security vacuum and due to the increasing fears that universities’s buildings get targeted by any armed faction. Which also led many students in Deir ez-Zor, Raqqa and Aleppo to move to study in Damascus and Lattakia, where it is relatively more secure. 


Reporting by: Miran Hussein

Source: ARA News


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