Syrian Kurds Continue to Pay Price of Turkey’s Occupation

They are threatening Afrin residents with torture. Fearful for their lives, they are being forced to leave, moving between the houses of various relatives.

Afrin’s Syrian Kurds face arbitrary detentions, torture, sexual violations, property theft, extrajudicial killing, and gender-based violence. Theirs is a story that remains largely untold.

Since Turkey’s occupation, women have been almost entirely forced out of the public sphere, particularly the indigenous Kurdish and Yazidi women.

Turkey has been expanding its influence in northern Syria for several years. Its presence is not just political or military. Numerous sources report how it now has a monopoly over the region’s culture, economy, and even education, causing many to view such actions as an attempt to “Turkify” northern Syria