CADUS Update Rojava, Erbil 14 Oct 2019

CADUS Update Rojava, Erbil 14 Oct 2019


I am Verena from CADUS and right now I am
sitting here in Erbil together with my colleague Fee from Heyva Sor A Kurd – the Kurdish
Red Crescent. We just arrived as we had to leave Rojava this morning like all other international
humanitarian organizations as well. That’s a shitty feeling because it’s a catastrophic
situation on the ground. We have witnessed violations of human rights. Ambulances were
attacked. Many civilians were heavily injured and killed. To lose access to a region in
a moment like this and no longer be able to provide humanitarian work is dramatic. At
the same time we are haunted by the feeling that we left the local structures alone, who
built up so much during the last years and fought against the Islamic State, fought for
democracy and freedom. This is very difficult for us. We continue to work with our local
colleagues and continue to work with Heyva Sor A Kurd and do what we can. But all in
all, the current situation is terrible. Hello, I am Fee. Like mentioned before I am
working for Heyva Sor a Kurd – the Kurdish Red Crescent. I am the only expat working
for Heyva Sor A Kurd. Which means that I was the only one of my team who was able to leave
the country today. Which feels terrible. While the team continues to be threatened, has to
fear to be attacked by Turkish forces I can leave the country. To see that all of that
happens with the support of Germany, with German weapons, makes the feeling even more
unbearable. I have an amazing team on the ground and every single one of them is giving
their best. We have good structures and now it is of utmost importance that we continue
to support these teams how ever possible and with everything we have. The second step is
that pressure needs to be put on the international governments to ensure access to the region
for international organizations this needs to happen today and not tomorrow!

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