The Assad regime supported by Iran, Hizbollah and Russia is leading a bloody war against the opposition for more than three years now. Meanwhile more than six million Syrians have become refugees or internal displaced. Many villages and city quarters are completely destroyed. Little is left from the demands of 2011 when throughout the country protesters took to the streets calling for freedom and democracy.
The regime is opting for brutal violence, whether ist fires its artillery in residential areas, or arrests and tortures tenthousands, or uses poison gas against the population. More than 150 000 people have been killed and countless more injured since. From the first day, the members of WADI showed their solidarity with the goals of the protesters who are fighting for a free, pluralistic and democratic Syria. WADI is supporting several initiatives, projects and organizations in Syria.
In summer 2011, members of WADI helped to develop a concept for the future of the Kurdish areas in Syria. Additionally, utilizing their long-term expertise, they provided assistance for the development of various projects.
Partners in Syria
WADI assisted its partner organization Zelal with installing a community radio in Darbassiya. The radio is working similar to Radio Denge Nwe in Halabja. Furthermore, WADI is supporting two play busses for children and several mobile medical teams. Zelal has been operating successfully a Women’s and Youth Center for many years.
In Ghouta and other suburbs of Damascus sieged by Assad’s troups and attacked with poison gas WADI (powered by Green Cross) is supporting the organization Al-Seeraj which is providing medical and social assistance to the survivors of the chemical attacks despite extremely difficult conditions.
Together with Al Seeraj WADI has published a dossier about the chemical attacks on the Ghoutas one year after this crime happened.
Assistance in the refugee camp
Also Iraqi Kurdistan became a safe haven for hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. They are now living in UN-operated refugee camps. In the camp Arbat WADI (as part of a local network called Hana) is supporting mainly women and children. A WADI play bus is visiting the camp on a regular basis. Hana is providing the people with clothes, toys, blankets, sanitary products and other urgently needed supplies.