7 08, 2023

The Hope to Return (Episode 4): Clinging to the land

By Lyse Mauvais,|2023-08-09T14:42:43+02:00August 7, 2023|

Many houses have been destroyed, looted or confiscated by Turkish-backed armed groups in areas they seized during Operation Peace Spring. Similar acts have been carried out with impunity by a range of armed groups across Syria in recent years. Meanwhile, many displaced people have lost the documents proving that they own land or a house in their native towns and villages. What can Khedr, Amina and Zahra do to protect their property rights back home? This is the fourth episode of “The Hope to Return,” a podcast series by Syria Direct.

31 07, 2023

The Hope to Return (Episode 3): Peace Spring

By Lyse Mauvais|2023-08-09T14:39:48+02:00July 31, 2023|

On October 9, 2019, Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring, which started with the heavy bombardment of several northeastern Syrian towns. Amina and Khedr recall fleeing their homes during this terrifying night. Four years later, stability has returned to the area but Amina, Khedr and Zahra, another resident of Washokani camp, are all unable to return.

24 07, 2023

The Hope to Return (Episode 2): Like home in the desert

By Lyse Mauvais|2023-07-24T16:16:18+02:00July 24, 2023|

Four years ago, Khedr was displaced with his wife and daughter to Washokani camp, on the outskirts of Hasakah city. Adjusting to life in a tent has been difficult, but despite opportunities to seek refuge abroad, Khedr refuses to leave. He feels like he would be giving up on his right to return home one day.

17 07, 2023

The Hope to Return (Episode 1): The mill

By Lyse Mauvais,|2023-08-09T14:40:46+02:00July 17, 2023|

Amina al-Fares lives with her family of 11 in an abandoned mill in the countryside of Tal Tamar, in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province. The family was displaced from their home near Ras al-Ain in 2019, and lived in the open for many months until they found this place. But they now risk being expelled by its owner.

21 03, 2023

‘Strangers in our own homes’: A waning Assyrian community holds on in northeastern Syria

By Lyse MauvaisSolin Muhammed Amin|2023-03-21T17:15:47+01:00March 21, 2023|

Eight years after the Islamic State attacked Assyrian villages along the Khabour River in Hasakah province, less than 10 percent of the community has returned to its historic home. What are the housing, land and property issues faced by this community in exile? And how do Assyrians see the future of their villages, which have become home to thousands of displaced people?

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