Syria: Woman Earns Living For Displaced Family in IDP Camp


A Syrian woman whose husband was injured by ISIS terrorists is working in the Washokani IDP Camp to earn a livelihood for her four children. 

There are several displaced women across Syria who have taken matters into their own hands in the absence of a breadwinner to earn a livelihood for themselves, often countering the idea that it should be the man to provide for the family. Fatima Abd al-Hassan, is one such woman.

She was displaced from the town of Ras al-Ayn in northeastern Syria along with her husband and four children as a consequence of the military clashes that ensued following the launched of the Turkish-backed military offensive in northern Syria. She and her family are currently settled in the Washokani camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in Hasakah Province, north-eastern Syria.

Fatima’s husband was fatally injured when serving as a soldier in a battle against ISIS in al-Suwar, Deir ez-Zour Province. This has put the onus on Fatima to provide for the family. She has taken all the possessions from their home and sold them in order to purchase a sewing machine. Fatima now uses the sewing machine to produce fabrics which she sells to other women in the Washokani camp.

All those settled in Washokani camp have arrived from the region that has been dubbed a safe-zone by Turkey and its allied Syrian military factions. This area stretches from around Tel Abyad in Raqqa Province, northern Syria, to Ras al-Ayn, from where the family was displaced.

A number of lawyers and activists recently exposed the human rights violations experienced by people displaced from the region between Tel Abyad and Ras al-Ayn. Human rights activists and lawyers have gathered at the Washokani IDP camp to voice their concerns on behalf of the displaced people, criticising the military offensive.

It is currently estimated that over 4,000 people have already been settled at the Washokani IDP camp.