Nine years after the beginning of the Syrian uprising, residents of Idlib remember those who suffered in the name of revolution.
In the centre of Idlib, residents attended a celebration commemorating the ninth anniversary of the Syrian revolution. The festivities displayed an array of live music, drama performances and sports competitions. However, the celebrations have been clouded by the ongoing suffering of the Syrian people, who are still ravaged by a conflict that has had an impact on all aspects of their lives.
At al-Mashtal Theatre in Idlib’s Cultural Centre, a drama was performed that sheds light on the plight of prisoners that are still being detained by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The organisers hope to keep the memory of those who have taken part in the revolution alive.
“Today, from the City Centre of Idlib, we went out in a demonstration to renew the vows of our revolution and recall our martyrs and detainees. We want to tell the whole world that our revolution is not a geographical revolution but rather a revolution of a nation and a people and we will continue it till the end,” said one of the attendees.
On March 15th, 2011, Syria descended into war. The conflict has now claimed the lives of more than half a million people and created the worst refugee crisis since World War II.
Fighting began after a peaceful uprising inspired by the Arab Uprisings resulted in a brutal crackdown by President Assad’s government. Nine years later, Syria has become a battleground for foreign powers and bloody conflict. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed a ceasefire on March 5th 2020 to stem the violence in Idlib, north-western Syria, although there is concern over how long this ceasefire will remain in place.
Since the start of the regime’s assault into the last opposition stronghold in north-western Syria in December, around a million Syrians have been displaced. Many are currently taking refuge in displacement camps, which are overcrowded and insufficient to protect children who are at the mercy of extreme weather and limited resources.