Mesopotamia Ecology Movement
08.02.2018, Diyarbakir (Amed)
Afrîn/Rojava - Call to action for all international environmental and ecological
organizations!
The military attack of the Turkish state in Afrîn, the western part of Rojava respectively the
Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, has entered its 20th day. This war of aggression
has raised serious concerns by peace campaigners and smpathizers in Turkey and the
world. The war against Afrîn gravely affects all parts of society and threatens to displace
people in big numbers and further destablisise the surrounding region. Every day the
civilian losses increase and tens of thousands of people are faced with forced
displacement.
Wars cause untold destruction on the environment and human health. The continuation of
this attack on Afrîn will result in the irreversible devastation of the natural environment.
News has reachd us that tens of thousands of olive trees have already been damaged or
destroyed. Last week air-dropped bombs damaged the Meydanki Dam to such an extent
that it no longer supplies drinking water to the city of Afrîn. If this large dam breaks entirely,
a considerable number of people, homes and livlihoods could be destroyed. We have to
clearly condemn those responsible for starting and perpetuating this conflict to avoid
ireperable damage to the human and natural world.
We call upon all people and organizations in the world who are concerned about humanity,
peace and the environment to stand together and apply international pressure on the
Turkish Government.
Let us stop this war!
That the conflict in Afrîn has been named opration 'olive branch'- a symbol for peace
throughout history- shows the continued efforts to manipulate the truth. During the Syrian
War numerous crimes against humanity have been perpetrated, particularly by the so
called 'Islamic State' and Al Qaida structures. The use of such groups in the attack on Afrîn
in front of the eyes of the world demonstrates the severity of the situation.
Let us stand together in solidarity with the people of Afrîn to say that another world is
possible!
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