Sheikh Maqsoud (Şêxmeqsûd) is a self-governing neighbourhood of the north Syrian province of Aleppo. Although it is not in Rojava, the neighbourhood is populated mainly by Kurds and is under the control of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). There are communes and co-operatives that have been formed in the same vein as those in the regions of the Autonomous Administrations of North and East Syria.
The agricultural project that started last year in al-Sheikh Maksoud neighborhood achieved positive results in achieving an economic return for the families that adopted it, in a way that helped them expand it to include livestock breeding and launch future plans.
North and East Syria faces serious challenges in the fight against COVID-19. 600,000 IDPs and refugees live in camps across the region, their situation already precarious without a pandemic. Ongoing attacks by Turkish forces, Turkey-backed militias, and ISIS complicate the security situation and threaten essential civilian infrastructure like water lines. According to the Rojava Information Center,
Despite the attacks and threats, the people of Rojava and Northern Syria continue to build their communalist social model.