Syrian youth.. revolutionary challenges


Young activists during anti-Assad demonstration in Syria's Qamishli. File photo

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – Throughout history, youth have always been the fuel of revolutions and the starting engine of history’s evolution.  In Syria, young people were the first to protest and stand against tge Syrian regime. However, the three-year-crisis has atrophied the youth civic role due to “militarization and adoption of certain ideologies in the different youth institutions”, according to many young interlocutors interviewed by ARA News.

Pacific civil action that constitutes the core of civic activities started to be lost, especially in the Kurdish areas.

Talking to ARA News, Ismael Sharif, manager of Newroz center for Civil Society Revival in Syria’s Amude, said: “Civic institutions and actions form pressures on ruling authorities. However, civil society institutions in the Kurdish regions play negative role in reinforcing the concept of civic action in the minds of revolutionary activists as they concentrate only on holding workshops; protests and demonstrations came to an end.”

“Another negative influence on civic action is the presence of armed groups that have prevented civic institutions from continuing their activities except for the relief and assistance work, as these groups take shares of relief distribution,” Sharif argued.

Sharif called on young Syrians to work on achieving the civil notion goals that “will salvage us from injustice and tyranny; as no civilization grows under repressive rule.”

Abdulqadir Reshko, a civil activist from Qamishli city in northeastern Syria, talked to ARA News about their role, as civil activists, in organizing protests on certain days in agreement with coordinating committees and spreading the ideas of civil peace and coexistence in Qamishli city.

“Kurdish youth have had a remarkable role since the start of the Syrian revolution as they call for a pacific revolution not a sectarian war. However, our activities were restricted lately due to the escalation of violence,” Reshko said.

Reshko mentioned the different obstacles Kurdish independent activists had faced throughout their revolutionary work.

“Alongside with the financial factor, we suffered the lack of communication tools. Moreover, we lost many supporters and our young people lived a state of confusion whether to support the revolution after it embraced the Islamic tincture, especially after naming the Fridays (main days of demonstrations) with Islamic names without any response from the side of the coordination committees,” he said.

Reshko believes that Kurdish youth are still doing their duties, within their limited capacities “under such abnormal circumstances”, and upholding their dream of building “a democratic pluralistic state for all Syrians”.


Reporting by Ridwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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