Ayn Issa (Arabic: عين عيسى, Kurdish: Bozanê) is a majority-Arab town in the Jazira Region of Northern Syria, north of Raqqa.
Ayn Issa was liberated by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in June 2015. It was shortly recaptured by Daesh (ISIS), but was reclaimed by the SDF in early July. The Syrian Democratic Council’s seat of government was established in Ayn Issa, far from Kurdish-majority regions, to better ensure Arab representation and participation. The Turkish invasion forced the evacuation of Ayn Issa, leading the SDC to re-establish itself in Raqqa.
Since April 2016, the Ayn Issa refugee camp has been established on the outskirts of Ayn Issa which housed approximately 9,000 refugees by July 2018, mainly being Syrian Internally Displaced Persons from the Deir-Ez-Zor and Raqqa governorates.
In mid-summer 2021, local, social and civil committees were formed under the name of “Dispute Solving Committees”. It was made up largely of tribal leaders and activists of civil society organizations in Tabqa, Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor. Last February, those committees initiated a campaign under the name “Among your Relatives” to re-integrate ISIS-related families returning from Hawl Camp into society based on tribal sponsorships.
Girê Spi Canton Assembly Economic Committee implemented a communal project to support the refugees in Girê Spi Camp.
The Maras-centered earthquakes destroyed more than a hundred buildings in Syria and Rojava. 3,581 people lost their lives and 5,348 were injured. Thousands are still under the rubble in the Turkish-occupied areas as the death toll is not disclosed.
Rojava women's struggle began with Yekîtiya Star and moved to a new stage on 26 February 2016 under the name of Kongra Star. 52 women's organizations have been getting organised more efficiently under the umbrella of the Women's Assembly of North-East Syria.
The Women's Council in the Euphrates Region has carried out many projects for women and children since its foundation. The council plans to open 10 “Houses of Life” in 2023.