An orchestral group in the Syrian city of Raqqa performed Arab and Kurdish songs in the name of the victims who have fallen in the war.
The musical group “The String of Music” performed in a concert in the city of Raqqa, northern Syria, which was dedicated to victims of those who have fallen recently as part of the civil conflict within the country. The concert was attended by guests from the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria as well as the local Raqqa Civil Council.
“We are at the Raqqa Cultural Centre today and we will carry out initiatives that reflect resilience in northeastern Syria. Through our cultural centre, we struggle through our art and cultural heritage”, commented Abdul Ghafour al-Khalaf, a member of the Raqqa Cultural Centre.
The event was dedicated in particular to Hevrin Khalaf, the former Secretary General of the Future Syria Party who was killed by the militant group Ahrar al-Sharqiya, an incident that has been condemned by the UN as a war crime. She was known to have been playing an active role in helping to resolve disputes between the regional authorities and Arab tribes.
The musicians sang songs in both Kurdish and Arabic as a show of solidarity between the two peoples living side by side in the region.
“Our goal is to convey a message of peace to all people and that the Syrian people in northern and eastern Syria are against any occupation, war, or destruction, we are with peace”, stated Sardar Sharif.
Northern Syria has recently been experienced a period of instability following the launch of the Turkish-backed military offensive dubbed “Operation Peace Spring”, as a result of which military conflict broke out once again in the region. The regional and local political authorities as well as civil society organisations have often organised cultural events that seek to bring together the different communities living in northern and eastern Syria. However, the instability of the security situation has been detrimental to the project of fostering social cohesion in the region.