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Hasakah, Syria – On the occasion of the World Refugee Day, which marks June 20 of each year, a number of civil society associations launched a three days campaign on Friday in the Syrian cities of Hasakah, Qamishli and Amude under the banner “the Homeland Yearns Too”.
The first day of the campaign started in Silav Center for Civil Activities in al-Salihiya neighbourhood in the city of Hasakah, northeast of Syria.
The campaign included a series of lectures on the situation of the refugees, in particular the Syria refugees in the neighbouring and European countries.
Malek Yuhanna, member of Laredo Center for Civil Society and Democracy, delivered a lecture on asylum, explaining the meaning of refuge, the refugees and people who are excluded from the right to asylum. He also referred to the International Conventions which include the refugees, providing them with protection and obligations on the hosting countries.
Wajiha Abdul Rahman, member of Aso Association for Fighting Violence against Women, talked about the women refugees and the reasons which pushed them seek asylum alongside with the difficulties they encountered in order to support their families, while in many cases they are subjected to sexual harassment and domestic violence.
Abdul Rahman pointed out that many women turned to “beggars” in the Syria neighbouring countries or in other Syrian cities, referring to the victimization of many women by many different militant groups, adding many solution samples in her lecture.
Jiyan Hajj Yusuf, member of Solin Association for Childcare in Qamishli, talked on the same occasion about the refugee children, and the problems faced by children in the hosting countries from the exploitation of leaving school, sexual and physical abuses in a lot of cases, referring to “cases of child recruitment by various armed groups”, calling on the countries to provide safe shelters for people and their children as well as awareness campaigns to protect them.
Speaking to ARA News, Malek Yuhanna, member of Laredo Center for Civil Society and Democracy said that they carried out many campaigns of promotional and entertainment activities for the displaced children from other cities who lately resorted to Syria’s northeastern areas.
Jiyan Hajj Yusuf, member of Solin Association for Childcare, told ARA News that they carried out many programs of rehabilitation and psychological aid for children according to special programs, beside many activities by the association for the displaced children who are based now in Amude city, northeast of Syria.
Reporting by: Zaradasht Khalil
Source: ARA News
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