Syrian Kurds fear returning home due to PYD threat

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ISTANBUL
Published 31.08.2017 00:49
Meryem Ceddan, a Syrian Kurdish woman, 68, lives with her two grandchildren who lost their parents.
Meryem Ceddan, a Syrian Kurdish woman, 68, lives with her two grandchildren who lost their parents.

Although there is no war left in their hometowns, some refugees are afraid to return due to the PYD's pressures and are not able to make it back to Eid al-Adha celebrations

Some Syrian Kurds who escaped from their hometown Kobani in 2014 due to the war with Daesh and took refuge in Turkey, say they cannot go back to their homes due to the Syrian PKK affiliate Democratic Union Party's (PYD) oppression.

Although there is no war in their hometown, some refugees say they are afraid to go back to their homes due to PYD pressure and are disappointed that they will not be home for Eid al-Adha. Almost 30,000 Syrian Kurds who escaped when Daesh assaulted their towns and cities approximately three years ago live in refugee shelters that were established by the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) in Suruç, a city in Şanlıurfa province in Turkey. Muslim refugees are preparing for the upcoming Eid al-Adha by shopping at markets with cards they are given regularly and are thankful to Turkish authorities for the assistance.

One of the Syrian Kurds, Abdulkadir Muhammed, said that he has three mentally and physically disabled children and lives in two tents with his family, which has nine members. Emphasizing that they want to go back home despite all that is provided for them in Turkey, Muhammed said that they tried to go back once after the conflict ended, but it was not possible to live there. "There are no jobs there, our houses are destroyed and there is pressure on us. That is why we returned to Turkey. We have been here for a long while now and all of our needs are provided by the authorities here," he said.

Explaining that they always celebrated eid before the war, Muhammed said that they have not been able to for two years now, and this year will be the same. He further said that his disabled childrens' condition devastates him and he prays every day for God to end the suffering.

Meryem Ceddan, 68, who lives together with her two grandchildren who lost their parents, also said that they were living happily in their village near Kobani before the war. Speaking through tears, Ceddan said they took refuge in Turkey after the war started with her daughter, but her daughter-in-law, son and other grandchildren were killed in Syria.

"Terrorists killed tons of people when they attacked our village. My son, daughter-in-law and a grandchild were also killed in that attack. Two of my grandchildren, however, were saved from the attack and were only injured. They brought them to Turkey. Now I'm taking care of them. What else can I do? My only aim is to not let them sense this bitter situation. They are both so little," she said, adding that she cannot forget her loss. "In material terms, all of our needs are provided here. Yet we want to go back to our home and visit our relatives' graves," she said, adding that although they have not been able to make a sacrifice for years, as soon as she returns, she will immediately do so.

Dilvin el-Şeyho, who also lives with his four children and wife in refugee camp of tents, said that they have gotten used to life in Turkey and are preparing for eid by shopping. Explaining that he bought new clothes for his children for the holiday, Şeyho said that the real holiday for them will be the day they return to their country.

The PYD is known for constantly attacking civilians in Syria and causing demographical changes within the country.

Earlier in June, a video showing PKK/PYD terrorists torturing civilians in northeastern Syria's Raqqa was obtained by the AA. The footage showed images of two terrorists beating up tied-up civilians in Mansura, western Raqqa. It was also reported that U.S. forces recently intervened as PYD militants plundered civilian homes in Raqqa. A confrontation occurred between locals and some members of the terror group due to their unlawful practices.

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