Verena from CADUS and Fee from Heyva Sor with a video statement: since yesterday, all organizations have withdrawn their international teams from northern Syria/Rojava due to the arrival of Syrian government forces.We also had to leave behind our friends and colleagues.Our projects are ongoing and we are working hard to regain access.
It´s happening, the long feared invasion of Turkey is taking place. As a humanitarian aid organisation, the principle of neutrality requires us not to take a stand in conflicts. But what we can do is talk about facts.
The reconquest of the Iraqi city of Mosul and thus our medical mission in the west of the city came to an end just over two years ago. Since then, little can be heard from the second largest metropolis of Iraq. Reason enough for us to take a look at the current situation. Where does the city stand with its inhabitants today, what are the conditions and where do perspectives develop?
Berlin based relief organisation CADUS e.V. is supporting the construction of a field hospital in the al-Hawl refugee camp in the northeast of Syria. Medical care is one of the most pressing issues of the camp which is hopelessly crowded with over 75.000 people. One of the main reasons for the big number of people in the camp is the collapse of the „Islamic State“ (ISIS).
The Islamic State (IS) is defeated, that´s what you can read everywhere right now.With a lot of sacrifice, the people of Iraq and Syria have managed to disempower the terrorist organization.As joyous as the news is in the face of the IS's atrocities, it should not hide the fact that the region is facing massive problems.And that the danger is not banished.
Good news for our projects in Rojava, Northern Syria. Funding for the medical care station in Raqqa was extended and our proposal to furnish a Trauma Stabilization Point including training for local personnel was granted. This way, we can create medical capabilities in preparation of possible new fights breaking out.
In the last week news broke of Croatian police finally being caught red handed during illegal push-backs and violence against refugees. We spoke with Celestine*, from Cameroon, to gather his testimony from an illegal push back that occurred end of October this year on the Bosnian-Croat border near the village of Kladusa. Here are excerpts from the Testimony.