Tel Abyad, Syria− The Norwegian NRC organization is one of the active western NGOs which provided thousands of Syrians with multiple kinds of aid and assistance during the 34-months war in Syria.
Recognizing the right of Syrian children to education, the NRC launched a campaign in the city of Tel Abyad/Grespi in northern Syria last week, in which more than 6000 children were provided with school bags and stationery.
A member in the organization said that the main objective of this campaign is to emphasize children’s right to education, “even in a war-torn country like Syria, children and their rights should not be forgotten”.
Tel Abyad city, where violent clashes took place over the recent months between the Kurdish forces and Islamist groups, saw displacement of thousands of civilians. Civil society NGOs, such as the NRC, aim to enhance and maintain civil aspects in areas of war.
“We take into consideration the suffering of children under the current conditions in Syria, that’s why we think that children need more focus and special care amid the ongoing chaos in the country,” NRC member said. “Education is one of the main rights children were deprived of. Similar campaigns like that of Tel Abyad will be launched soon in other areas in Syria.”
As a bordering area, Tel Abyad received hundreds of families from the neighbouring city of Raqqa, who escaped their homes after shells and missiles −launched by the regime fighters− devastated some residential neighbourhoods causing angst among civilians. The majority of the displaced families resorted to Tel Abyad to cross the border to Turkey.
In Raqqa, where Islamist groups are in control since months, several Kurdish-populated neighbourhoods were targeted with heavy guns and mortars by the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS), Ahrar al-Sham Movement backed by al-Nusra Front with some battalions that work under the umbrella of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). In addition to the arrest campaigns, residents’ homes were stormed in an attempt to forcibly displace people and take over their private property. Some Kurdish families resorted to the neighbouring villages to escape “suppression” and “detention” by members of the Islamist battalions.
According to activists, civilians in Raqqa and Tel Abyad −Kurds and Arabs− are victims of violence caused by all armed groups, including the pro-Assad army, Kurdish fighters and Islamist groups.
Reporting by: Hana Muslim
Source: ARA News
(Editing by: Adib Abdulmajid. Translation by: Egid Ibrahim)
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