ISIS Marred the Euphrates


Euphrates River is the lifeblood of Raqqa; it is the only source of drinking water and irrigation projects. Its banks were the home of ancient people worked in agriculture, fishing and river transport. With the increasing population of the city, people’s dependence on the river also increased.

Nowadays, Euphrates is suffering from pollution, which reaches deep levels under the control of the terrorist group. Several epidemics related to polluted water are widespread in Raqqa.
Laboratory tests showed large amount of germs, one of Water Pump Station indicated:” We tested the drinking water, it is full of germs, and sometimes you can see planktons due to the lack of water filters, sometimes drinking water become red due to dust and lichens which causes diarrhea, kidney diseases and other illnesses related to polluted water’

The chemical analyst added:” The reason that lies behind the pollution of the river is the lack of sterilization materials (Chlorine), since ISIS controlled the area they stopped the aids coming from humanitarian organizations who were delivering us those sterilizations, so the sterilizing process stopped and water got polluted.”

ISIS fighters and some rich families in Raqqa started using bottled water, but what about the majority of poor people living in Raqqa? They are left to face their destiny alone.

media activist from the city of Raqqa, student at the Faculty of Law at the University of the Euphrates. Director of the Media Office of Raqqa, founding member of "Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently", founding member of the documentary project of "Sound and Picture". I work in documenting violations committed by Assad's regime and ISIS group and extremist organizations inside the city of Raqqa, as I work in programming, design and visual media. I hold a certificate of coach in digital security, and a certificate of journalist coach, and a certificate in documenting violations against human rights, and a certificate in electronic advocacy. I underwent a training under the supervision of "Cyber-Arabs" in collaboration with the Institute for War and Peace "IWPR", about the management of electronic websites and leadership of advocacy campaigns, and a training of press photography under the supervision of the photojournalist "Peter Hove Olesen".