“Deliberate pollution of the Jaghjagh River is an environmental war against people”

This report by Dua Esed was published by Jinha Women’s News Agency on 21 June, 2023

The Jaqhjagh River pollution has put the people living near it at risk from life-threatening diseases.

The Jaqjaq Riveris a tributary of the Khabur River in Turkey and Syria. It crosses into Syria near the cities of Nusaybin and Qamishlo. The river flows into the Khabur River in Hasakah. The water is used for irrigation of about 50 thousand hectares of agricultural lands. However, the people living near the river have been suffering from an environmental crisis due to the pollution of the river by Turkey.

“Turkey deliberately pollute the river to depopulate the region”

Suhaila Shukri, a resident of the Qodorbek neighborhood in the city of Qamishlo city, said, “The Turkish occupation continues to attack the region. It has killed thousands and displaced people. The Turkish state attacks us by using all methods. It has cut off our water supply. Now, it has polluted our river by dumping household rubbish and commercial wastes. It deliberately pollutes the river to depopulate the region.”

“The water of the river was clean and usable”

Munira Ismail, a resident of the Assyrian neighborhood of the city, confirmed that the Turkish state has waged a political, military, cultural, and environmental war in the region. “The water of the Jaghjagh River was clean and usable but recently, it has caused many diseases due to the pollution,” she told NuJINHA.

“The water of the river was clean and the farmers used it for irrigation,” Iman Ali said, “The people have suffered from the pollution of the river. We call for an urgent solution to end the pollution.”