A wedding, incomplete happiness

 Hoşeng Hesen

photo:  Hoşeng Hesen

It is marriage party, but not in a wedding hall as the groom “Mohammad Al-Hilo” promised his bride “Hanan”, many of their friends are not there although they promised them to share the joy of their wedding.

Three months ago, Mohammad a young man from the city of Serê Kaniyê (Ras Al-Ain), held an engagement party for his beloved Hanan. They dreamed together of a happy life in a cozy house, but in the last months a lot of things have changed to the worse.

The young man Mohammad had a house and shop, now he lost everything and lives inside a school which he took as a shelter in the city of Hasaka. “When I got engaged to my fiancée, life was so beautiful, we used to live in safety and we hope that the situation will be always good, till one day we woke up and heard of US troops withdrawal, since then we have lost safety,” Mohammad wistfully said.

On the 7th of October, US troops announced their withdrawal from Syria, after a telephone conversation with Turkish President Erdogan. A decision came in conjunction with the Turkish threats to occupy the Kurdish areas of northeast Syria. Two days later, on the 9th of October, Turkish artillery and warplanes bombed the city of Mohammed in while Turkish-led Islamist terrorist factions started their attacks. “It was four o’clock in the evening, I was in my shop, suddenly the shelling started and plumes of smoke started to rise from everywhere randomly, strong explosions were heard too, at that moment, Serê Kaniyê was not the same as it was before,” Mohammad said.

As a result of the Turkish invasion, more than 300,000 people have been displaced from their homes, according to statistics of international aid organizations, Mohammad is one of those IDPs. He and his family living now inside a school in Hasaka, he talks about the living conditions their “The aid organizations are making a lot of efforts to help us, but whatever they do, this school will not become our home,”

With the help of some civil society organizations, Mohammad was able to hold his wedding ceremony in the same school where he moved to and became his home and wedding hall. Beside the dancr floor, you can see clothes of the displaced people on the clotheslines, while other people behind the windows, watch the wedding with broken hearts, they do not know whether to smile or cry. While children were very happy and dancing with joy.

The mixed feelings of joy and sadness controlled the bride and groom as well.

Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, Serê Kaniyê has been targeted by Turkish-led radical factions, the last of which was the so-called national army. “Displacement was written on our foreheads, life does not want us to rest, this is the fifth time for me to leave my home, if we were now in Serê Kaniyê, this wedding ceremony would be much bigger than it is now, but unfortunately we have been displaced in all directions” An old man in his seventies said.

Despite the end of the Turkish military operation against Serê Kaniyê after the radical factions controlled the city, Mohammad is still unable to return because of serious fears. “These are groups of mercenaries, we expect them all harm, they took over my house and shop,” Mohammad said