The municipality of the Jazarat al-Buhumud suburb of Deir ez-Zour city, founded with the aim of addressing damage, destruction and devastation in the area following years of war and ISIS siege, is being heralded as a beacon of regional stability.
Almost two years after the first municipality was established in the Deir ez-Zour countryside, it is being heralded as a beacon of stability in the region by virtue of its role in the provision of vital public services locally. The municipality of the Jazarat al-Buhumud suburb of Deir ez-Zour city was founded twenty months ago, this municipality was the first to be established under the framework of Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria in Deir ez-Zour, with the aim of addressing damage, destruction and devastation in the area following years of war and ISIS siege.
Since the municipality was inaugurated, it has focused its efforts on re-building the ruinous landscape and addressing the accumulation of landfill in the area. With a population of 60,000, the area also depends on the municipality for healthcare, essential supplies and various other services, as well as economic investment projects. In addition, the municipality is charged with regulating markets and trade, and ensuring that prices of essentials, including food, remain affordable to consumers. A representative of the supplies control unit of the municipality gave the example of bread, which previously cost 200 Liras – unaffordable for most people, until regulation brought prices back down to 85 Liras.
Another key development since the establishment of the municipality has been the increased opportunity for women to partake in political representation, which has led to unprecedented levels of female employment in the area.
The areas in the countryside of Deir ez-Zour experienced tragedy after tragedy during occupation by ISIS, which forced many people to flee to other areas for a sense of relative stability. Since then, vital institutions have been inaugurated, and living conditions in Jazarat and its suburbs have improved drastically, with the municipality ensuring the provision of public services that have allowed its citizens to live comfortably and safely.