Paris, Octobre 9, 2019
The withdrawal of US troops is shaking the region of Jézireh, in the North-East of Syria, a country already weakened by years of war. Turkey wants to take the opportunity to eliminate Kurdish militias that have made the region a rear base of the PKK (Kurdistan workers' party), a Kurdish-Leninist party active in Turkey and classified as a terrorist organization, especially by the United States and the European Union.
Such fights have serious impact on residents, especially Christians, hard proven by the conflict, but also by the ethnic cleansing policy led by the PYD (Democratic Union party, the Syrian branch of the PKK).
If the situation gets worse, we can fear the mass Exodus, in the middle of winter, of a whole population.
SOS Chrétiens d’Orient, present throughout Syria since the beginning of the fighting, alert the actors of the conflict, especially the French and European leaders, on the situation of the local population. It hopes that they will preserve the innocent people from a new political and humanitarian drama and work towards the return of legality in that area.
SOS Chrétiens d’Orient obviously think of Syrians in the provinces of Hassakeh, deir-Ezzor and Raqqa, especially Christians, and encourages all good will to promote the return of peace in Syria. Western Governments must take into account the realities of the field and discuss with all actors, in order to promote the return of stability and prevent new drama.
SOS Chrétiens d’Orient is active throughout the year with local people in Syria. Its officials are at the disposal of journalists and decision-makers to provide lighting on the situation or guide them on the ground.