Kobani – North-Press Agency Fattah Issa - Fayad Muhammad
The family of Samiha Nasan had no means of transport to carry their children and move from her hometown, Tal Abyad (Gre-Spi), as Turkish military bombardment began on the 9th of last October. Samiha had to flee, walking out of the town along with her five young children and her sick husband. She then moved to the village of Qaramux, in the eastern countryside of Kobani, to settle there with her children where the eldest is only 11 years old.
A Stampede Samiha Nasan told North-Press that displacement was massive, as she saw the villagers running out of the village upon Turkish military invasion, she decided to close the door of her house, and leave that place to save her children. “We fled the war, we saw the neighbors fleeing and saying that Turkey’s armed militants have entered Tal Abyad. We had no means of transportation, we took our children and walked out of Tal-Abyad where some cars stopped and picked us up," Samiha said.
Displacement and poverty
displacement and poverty have worsened the situation of Samiha’s family, as they were used to make their living by the daily work, the husband is sick, the children are young, and the family has left all their belongings behind. “My husband is sick and I have four daughters and a boy, my 11-year-old boy is the eldest and the two-year-old girl is the youngest," she said, "our financial situation was bad, we were working day by day to make our living."
Shelter without doors and windows Samiha and her family live in a house now with no doors nor windows in the village of Qaramux. She took some of basic stuff from her relatives in the village and put curtains on the windows and doors, to make that house somehow good to stay in. A sick husband, that increased the tragedy of the family, where his health condition deteriorated because of displacement . "My husband cannot work, he is sick, faints often, and recently his health condition has worsened," said Samiha.
Gunmen and looting of properties
Through, communicating with her neighbors of the Arab component in the town of Tal-Abyad, Samiha learns about her hometown and her house. According to her neighbors, the situation has become difficult with extremist gunmen taking control over the town, who are constantly looting civilian properties and abusing them. “One of the neighbors told me that the situation is bad. The gunmen take gold jewelries from women, and families cannot let the girls out of the house for fears of being taken by those gunmen," Samiha added. Samiha’s family hopes to return home even though the gunmen have looted everything. Samiha concluded by saying to North-Press: "All our property in the house had been looted. I can't say anything. We only want to go back to our home."