Economic losses of Kobane conflict


Displaced families from Kobane. File photo

ARA News

Suruc, Turkey Attacks of the Islamic State’s (IS/ ISIS) militants against the Kurdish city of Kobane in northern Syria has forced an estimated 200,000 civilians to evacuate the city as well as the surrounding 380 villages, leaving behind 3000 square kilometer of agricultural land. 

Dr. Muslim Abd Talas, lecturer at the Turkish university of Mardin, said: “Kobane is the cereal reservoir of northern Syria. Over decades, the Kurds have worked creatively in different economic domains, including agriculture, industry, trade and services; in fact, this made Kobane one of the major economic powers in the north.” 

“The invasion of the Islamic State has caused a massive economic loss in Kobane,” Dr. Talas mentions in a recent study on the deteriorating situation in his embattled hometown.

Talas’ study entailed the history and demographics of Kobane as well as its economic importance to the surrounding areas of Syria and Turkey. 

The study cites statistics of Kobane’s, city and surrounding villages, including the total income from agricultural crops, livestock, machinery, transportation, estates, and trade. 

Since the start of the IS-led attacks against Kobane last September, the area saw an estimated loss of 4.768.222.670 USD, and if the displaced inhabitants of Kobane remain away from their businesses, the estimated losses would be by January 2015, based on the study.  

Speaking to ARA News, Dr. Talas said, “My study is an attempt to estimate losses, which could be helpful during the rebuilding process once the ongoing conflict in Kobane is over.” 

“This work is also important on the academic level. It establishes a database for the region. My study will be completed with research and field documentation,” Talas added.  

The study by Talas has been published by the Kurdish Orbit for Studies center.

Muhsin Sida, head of the center, told ARA News “Our center is concerned with documenting the historical development of the Kurdish areas across the region, but we find ourselves today obliged to document the destruction caused by IS.”

“We have documented our economic and material losses, but who will document our spiritual loss?” Sida argued.


Reporting by: Jan Ali 

Source: ARA News 

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