Afrin

31 05, 2024
  • The belongings of homeless Syrian asylum seekers sit in piles outside a mosque in Cyprus’ capital, Nicosia, 27/3/2024 (Hanna Davis/Syria Direct)

Worsening conditions in Cyprus push scores to return to Syria

By Hanna Davis|2024-06-04T19:52:20+02:00May 31, 2024|

As life in Cyprus grows increasingly difficult for many asylum seekers, the number of Syrians opting into the island’s “voluntary return” program is going up. So far this year, 114 Syrians have returned, compared to just around 30 in all of 2023.

15 12, 2023
  • Students gather at the entrance of the middle and high school in the village of Burj al-Qas, in the Sherawa subdistrict south of Afrin, 10/12/2023 (Syria Direct)

Education in Afrin’s ‘line of contact’ villages hostage to unpredictable shelling

By Salam Ali|2023-12-18T13:53:27+01:00December 15, 2023|

Villages on the line of contact between regime and Turkish-backed opposition forces in the southern Afrin countryside live under constant threat of unpredictable shelling. The volatile security situation leaves families choosing between sending their children to school, despite the risks, or depriving them of an education in the hopes of keeping them safe.

25 07, 2023

Seized properties sold ‘dirt cheap’ in Afrin

By Walid Al Nofal|2023-08-07T17:54:51+02:00July 25, 2023|

In Afrin, there is a widespread trade in properties belonging to displaced residents known as “cost houses,” which are sold by Ankara-backed military factions and civilians for “dirt cheap” prices: the cost of repairs.

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