The Syrian Province of Deir ez-Zour has changed much over the past year. Once under almost exclusive control of ISIS, the province has experienced significant shifts over the course of 2017. Both the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have made significant gains in the province, pushing ISIS militants off to the more isolated desert fringes. The departure of the militants and the gradual quieting of the province has allowed for many displaced Syrians to return and start rebuilding.
Jazra (also known as Kasrah) is a town located along the northern banks of the Euphrates, northwest of the provincial capital of Deir ez-Zour. The town was captured by the SDF over the course of 2017. The fact that the town is fairly removed from the conflict zones to the southeast means that security was established fairly quickly. Since then, the Syrian Democratic Council has been working to return utilities and services to the town, allowing for displaced people to return and for economic activity to resume.
The locals here speak positively about the work that has been done so far. They say services such as water and electricity have not only returned, but have improved veritably compared to the past few years. Farmers have also returned to their lands, allowing Jazra to slowly regain its status as a market town. Overall, the people here are optimistic and hope that things will get better.
Since the defeat of ISIS militants in Deir ez-Zour, much of the province has seen reconstruction works taking place. The Syrian Democratic Council has been working to return services in many towns in the region. Meanwhile, the provincial capital of Deir ez-Zour has also seen extensive rebuilding since the brutal ISIS siege came to an end. The work has not only been led by governance institutions but also private entrepreneurs.
However, there is still work to be done. Many Syrians remain displaced in adverse conditions. Furthermore, the scattering of families has left many children forced to take up employment, leading to a rise of child labour. Meanwhile, continued clashes in the south between the SDF and ISIS and continued political tensions between the SDF and SAA leaves the province’s future uncertain.