Wadi Barada: the War of Water

Since 2012, Wadi Barada was under control of the FSA, who protected an important number of civilians.But in December 2016, everything changed: the town was bombed and besieged by Assad’s forces; the reason why ? its rivers, which give the valley its fertility, and which supplies Damascus in water.

The control of water is a stake in the region, called “rural Damascus”: in fact, it is a close neighbor of the capital.The photo of the header, property of the FSA, tells clearly the stakes of Wadi Barada.

Bombing the city is cutting the provisions in water to Damascus, but also, allied with the siege, as inhabitants of Wadi Barada cannot go out, it it condemning them to dye of thirstiness.

The tactic  used by Assad is the same as in Aleppo: first, besieging the town, the FSA being on another target anti-regime; them, bombing it, with arms including chemicals; when the horror is discovered, with corpses of children in the streets, a strong mobilization on social networks, and testimonies, keep the FSA on the battle for the recovery of the town.

The hashtag #SaveWadiBarada began to exist on Twitter in December, 2016, at the end of the month.Today, it went viral.

After Astana Talks, where the Opposition had the possibility to express what they want, and what could be understood under the words “political  transition”, which is Assad departure, Assad and its allies showed their power, again.

They take in hostages the population of a town, a population who only expects  liberation from the FSA.

The same day, the Syrian Network for Human Rights  issued a report on the violations of the international laws by Russia: the partner of Assad used chemical weapons, and is responsible for the important shelling.

The perspective of a durable peace, according to the will of Syrian people, is hijacked by the events in Wadi Barada.

As a conclusion,  we make our, here as on Twitter, #SaveWadiBarada.


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