The Pel organisation has opened a centre in Ein Issa camp, one of the most prominent camps for internally displaced people (IDP) in northern Syria. Those who settled in the camp are mostly escapees from the city of Raqqa, which was under ISIS rule for over 3 years until its liberation by the Syrian Democratic Forces in mid-October.
The primary aims of the Pel organisation is to propagate norms on democratic governance, youth peacebuilding, and human and women’s rights. The organisation already has three centres in Qamishli, Hasaka and the town of Maabadeh. The main centre in northern Syria is based in the city of Qamishli.
The training that Pel aims to provide young people in Ein Issa camp will be of particular use as the majority of young people have missed out on years of education and vocational training as a result of the civil conflict in Syria.
The Pel Centre in Ein Issa Camp also seeks to develop children’s talents through art and music, in the absence of standard educational institutions in the conflict- and poverty-stricken area.
Pel puts a particular emphasis on women’s rights and implements programs catered to the needs of women. They hold workshops and training sessions that focus on making people aware of women’s rights. These programs come in a context where women have suffered unprecedented forms of violence throughout the conflict especially at the hands of ISIS.
The establishment of the Pel organisation is part of the initiatives set up by the Assembly of Syrian Kurdish youth Abroad (ASKYA), which was established by the Kurdish diaspora in Sweden. Other projects initiated by the same organisation have been ARA News, a media agency working in northern Syria, but has been inactive for a number of months, and the Hevi charitable group that provides relief to those afflicted by the conflict in northern Syria.