Dutch NGO provides aid to Kurdish students in post-war Kobane

A file photo showing the enterance of Kobane city, where Kurdish YPG fighters and their supporters enter the city.

ARA News 

KOBANE – A Dutch NGO called ‘Aid Kobani Foundation’ has completed the so-called School Bus Project for a primary school in the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobane, and provided the school and pupils with supplies. 

“Thanks to all of your amazing contributions, support, and patience, the school has received a new school bus and 500 aid packages!! We could not have achieved this goal without all of your wonderful help and ongoing generosity,” the organization said.

The ‘Aid Kobani Foundation’ is one of the few organizations that have delivered aid to the city of Kobane that was destroyed in the war against ISIS.

The closure of the Turkish borders makes it more difficult for international and regional organizations to operate or provide aid to Kobane.

“As you are all aware, the logistics of working in a region so isolated on all sides makes it very difficult to achieve any results, but we are incredibly grateful for your support in allowing us to push through and make it happen!” the group said in a press release.

The organization has provided every child in the school with a backpack filled with school supplies, and the school itself has been given extra supplies such as paper, pens and pencils.

The group is now preparing to launch a new project to provide 50,000 Euros worth of books to elementary schools across the Kurdish cities in northern Syria, also known as Rojava.

Speaking to ARA News, the foreign relations head of the Kobane administration, Ibrahim Kurdo, said there is a lack of NGOs that could help in the reconstruction of post-war Kobane.

“In general, NGOs cannot enter our region because of the [closed Turkish] border,” he said.

“Moreover, Kobane needs to be completely demined and cleaned, before the reconstruction,” the Kurdish official said.

“There is a lack of medicine, and some reconstruction organizations cannot enter our region to rebuild Kobane,” he told ARA News.

“We had two committees formed: one in Amed (Diyarbakir) and one in Belgium, but sadly no one has tried to efficiently help us,” he concluded.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Source: ARA News

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