As you enter the city of Jarablus, you see bountiful markets overcrowded with people, no water and power cuts. You turn on your left and you notice the hospitals that have been rehabilitated in a sophisticated manner by the Turks. Children go to school without the fear of being targeted by Coalition air strikes, no more Daesh patrols and no beheadings.
Positive feelings erupt in the heart when thinking about the liberation of Jarablus, making one think of it as an iconic liberation. However, this feeling begins to fade away as you leave the city and you head towards its countryside, as the humanitarian situation in the southern and western countryside is extremely tragic and miserable. The council of Jarablus and its backers overlook people in there.
Abu Ahmed from Hamirah village told Aleppo 24 that, “We do not deny that we are happy after the liberation of our areas from Daesh, and that we are now enjoying our personal freedom, whether in our homes or in public. We also cannot deny that we are receiving free medical treatment in Jarablus. However, we are facing a lack of water and electricity. Bread and fuel are also unavailable in our region, and I have to go to Jarablus in order to bring some loaves of bread for my family on a regular basis.”
Despite the fact that the local council in Jarablus is in charge of managing the affairs of civilians in both, the city and the countryside, not one single member from the council has visited the countryside to check on the situation of civilians, as if the council is only responsible for the city.
Umm Farass, a widow, whose husband was killed by Daesh and is now taking care of her children, complained about the lack of support from the council, and said that she has visited the latter for several times to no avail.
She added that, “No one has come so far to check on our situation. The FSA expelled Daesh from our areas and promised us to live a happy life without the organization. However, we have seen nothing from them yet. I went to the local council and applied for a monthly aid which I have not received until now.”
An Aleppo24 correspondent has documented several cases in which families living in the countryside moved to the city, in search of “the missing support in the countryside”. This comes in light of civilians in the rural areas being concerned about their deplorable situation, fearing that it might just become worse in the future.
Noteworthy, the local council in Jarablus city was formed after the head of Gaziantep municipality paid a visit to the city in early September, after disagreement occurred between the Turks and the former council who accused the Turks of attempting to take over the city, without providing any evidence to support their claims.