Skip to comments.Displaced Kurds from Afrin need help, activist says
Posted on 03/26/2018 4:55:20 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
Rebels threaten historic diversity in province where Jews once visited Kurdish, Yazidi neighbors.
Kurds often say they have no friends but the mountains. However, after the Turkish and Syrian rebel offensive took over most of the Kurdish area of Afrin in northern Syria in the last two months, theyve been saying even the mountains cannot protect them against Turkish warplanes.
Kamal Sido, the Middle East department director for the Society for Threatened Peoples, is in Israel this week seeking to raise awareness of suffering in Afrin. He describes in detail the suffering which Kurds, displaced by the conflict, now face.
Sido is from Afrin, a bucolic area of northwest Syria whose hills are lined with olive trees that is home to a diverse group of people. He was born 40 kilometers from the Syrian city of Aleppo and left Syria in 1980 to study in Moscow. Later, he moved to Germany, where he has lived since 1990. Yet he still has family in Afrin.
I am working with a human rights organization in Germany, Sido says over a cup of coffee in the Mamilla shopping area overlooking the walls of Jerusalems Old City. His organization works with various minorities in the Middle East, including Kurds, Assyrian Christians, Chaldeans and Yazidis. And also Jews in Arab countries, he points out. I wrote some articles about Jews in Kurdistan and also in Syria.
Elimination of ISIS was so very close, until Turkey was given a green light by the other 3 to attack a peaceful Afrin (Efrin).
Turkey did this with 3,000 ISIS fighters and more al Qaeda fighters within the FSA. There is proof this is true. I was given a hint of this last week from an Egyptian friend with a photo he sent, but it is public (in EU) claiming documents back it up.
Now, will genocide be the outcome? There are over 167,000 displaced people living in the streets and countrysides. Some have made it to Manbij. Others near Allepo.
And may God help those who stayed in Afrin who are at the "mercy" of ISIS. The Jihabs are already in place. So are the head choppers.
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