​Commune’s Work Provides Streets of Al Ahdath Area with Electricity

Al Ahdath Street Light Co-operative

Al Ahdath is an area in the Al-Shehaba canton, where a lot of internally displaced people from Afrin are living after fleeing the Turkish invasion and occupation that began in early 2018. Much of the infrastructure in the region was destroyed following the attacks of mercenary groups of the Turkish occupation. In early 2020, Al

This report was published by Hawar News on 14 February, 2020. It has been lightly edited here for readability.

A number of communes in the Al Ahdath area of Al Shahba canton, in a  co-operative work, installed light bulbs in the streets.

Al Ahdath area in Al-Shehaba canton, is suffering from the dark at night due to the lack of light bulbs in its streets, after the infrastructure in the region was destroyed following the attacks of mercenary groups of the Turkish occupation.

One of the characteristics of the Kurdish people is that they create the elements of life wherever they are;  planting trees, flowers, vegetables, and building destroyed places.

This is what happened in Al Shehba canton; during the Syrian crisis, clashes, wars and suffering from the attacks of the Turkish occupation mercenaries, “ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra, prevailed”.

Infrastructure and houses have been destroyed and agriculture has declined.

Al Shahba has changed following two years of emigration; Afrin people [who arrived after fleeing Afrin] planted hundreds trees and flowers, and rebuilt the destroyed houses. 

With the coming of 2018, the Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries started attacking Afrin canton. People were forcedably displaced and headed to Al Shahba canton, despite what happened. Afrin council provided what it could.

A short time ago, Al Ahdath area communes have started a co-operative work with Afrin people in the area for installing light bulbs.

More than a hundred houses took part in this communal work, they funded the work with about 100,000 to 300,000 SYP [around £30-100] for buying the light bulbs and installing 400 lamps in the area.  

In this regard, member of the second commune in Al Ahdath area, Omer Hanan, talked to Hawar news agency about the idea of their project. He said, “We immigrated from Afrin following the attacks of the Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries, and the ISIS destruction was here as well.”   

Omer praised the work they have done, “We established communes, built houses, helped people and distributed the amperes.”

“We distributed 400 lamps. The local council provided the cable, so we could light the streets with light.”

Zalakh Rashid [thanked] the commune for joining efforts in implementing the lighting project.

For her part, Oria Muhamed said that they will join efforts for the liberation of their land. “We will not only stand in solidarity in this project, but we will unite our forces for the liberation of Afrin. Our biggest project is the liberation of Afrin.”