ADANA –The only dream of Rojava children, who had to migrate to Adana due to the atrocity of Daesh, is to return their country and to go to school. “If I was in my country, I would be in school now instead of collecting garbage,” said Diljan, who collects garbage in order to support her family.
Many families who were forced to leave their lands due to the atrocity of Daesh in Syria continue their lives in difficult living conditions in the metropolises of Turkey. The most important difficulties they have faced are health, sheltering and economic difficulties. We see the Syrian children, who have migrated to the cities of Turkey, are wiping the windows of the car waiting in traffic lights, collecting garbage in the streets or playing an instrument in a street.
‘If I was in my country, I would go to school’
We met three Rojava children aged between 5 or 12 while collecting garbage in the streets of Adana. Actually the dreams of these three children named Diljan, Heval and Rewşe is to return their country. The children said they didn’t want to collect the garbage; however they were affected by economic difficulties that their families had. 12-year-old Diljan said she had nine siblings, “If I was in my country, I would be in the school now.”
‘Gangs destroyed our dreams’
Stating that her only dream is to return to her country and to go to school, Diljan said, “Daesh gangs destroyed all our dreams. We had our own home and gardens. We played in our neighborhood. Children don’t work in Rojava, the children just live. However, we have faced many difficulties in this city. We collect garbage everyday here. Look at our clothes, all are dirty. My father works; however, he cannot earn enough and I want to make an economic contribution to my family. My father and mother don’t want we work; however there is no choice. We do a hard work but we have to work.”