AKRAM BARAKAT-JUMAH MOHEMMED/MANBIJ
On the 12th of August 2016 (Manbij liberation's day) by sacrifices of Manbij Military Council’s fighters, the victory came out of Manbij city which had announced elimination of Islamic State's gangs (IS) and started new stage that will draw its features by people of Manbij.
Islamic State's gangs (IS) dominated Manbij city who came from every corner of the world, which was exposed to massive destruction, killed, looted and now is starting to breathe air of freedom again, and native children will rebuild it again.
Manbij Civil Council, which was formed weeks before the start of the campaign, on April 5, 2016, was present strongly after liberation of the city as it was present during the campaign. Immediately after liberation, the city cleaned up the remnants of the war in cooperation with the Military Council, In addition to removing the rubble and all traces of war.
Formation of councils and communes were the first step
On the level of organizing the people of the city and the villages, the formation of the councils and communes was the first step of Manbij Civil Council, which began weeks after liberation of the city by holding meetings for the people explaining the importance of forming local councils for neighborhoods and communes of the village.
Councils and communes include service committees such as Health, Services, Reconciliation, Economics, Education and Protection Committees…etc., which provide for all the needs of people living within their geographical reach.
Manbij’s Democratic Civil Council announcement city, formation of Legislative, Executive councils
After more than eight months since its formation, Manbij Civil Council was able to prepare the ground for announcing of Democratic Civil Administration in Manbij city and form newly liberated Civil Administration Legislative Council from Daesh.
Aiming to organize the service and administrative work in the city and to involve the representatives of all components of Manbij in the administration, the council announced on the 28 of January 2017 the expansion of the council from 43 members to 132 members and a member of representatives of all components of the city of Circassians, Armenians, Kurds, Arabs and Turkmen.
On February 28, 2017, a month after the expansion of its ranks, Manbij Civil Council announced that it had changed its name to Democratic Civil Administration of Manbij and its countryside and elected Zeinab Qanbar and Ibrahim al-Kaftan co-chairs of the Executive Council.
The Legislative Council, which was previously a civil council, was assigned the co-chair of the Executive Council with the task of forming committees of their Executive Council. The co-chairs could form its council consisting of 13 committees: Foreign Affairs, Interior, Health, Defense, Women, Culture, Municipalities, Social Affairs and Labor. Youth and Sports, Education and Families of Martyrs' Committee, each comprising two co-chairs approved by the Legislative Council on 12 March of the same year.
The city's reality is bettering
After formation of councils and communes and the completion of the removal of remnants of war and the destruction of the city as a result of the battles during the liberation, Manbij city entered new phase and began to change life aspects.
In light of the crisis experienced by many cities in Syria, Manbij city has witnessed urban renaissance, economic and service development, the main factor being the security provided by the forces (Manbij Military Council's Forces) that defend them.
Manbij city has become main place for transportation for all areas in North Syria and became the largest commercial center in the north of Syria. This contributed to the influx of its population.
The administration sought to spread the concept of cooperative societies, many of which were formed, and contributed to the opening of several projects in the city, notably the central pharmacy, and opening of a central commercial mall in the city is under way.
A renaissance in pedagogy and services sector
Immediately after liberation Manbij city, Manbij Civil Council was only to work on the opening of schools and trained hundreds of teachers to supervise the educational process, which was launched after liberation, where students were denied their right to education for more than 3 years.
In 2017, 340 of the 400 schools in Manbij were opened, reaching more than 120,000 students.
In addition to that, the intellectual awareness academies were opened, such as the Youth Academy, which is called the Martyr Hozan Jean Academy, and the martyr Ismail Abu Hussein Academy, where hundreds of members the institutions operating in the city and the countryside graduated.
After liberation, the service institutions that the Manbij administration activated after the liberation played a prominent role in reviving the city. With the municipality’s retrieval of its role, the city restored its beautiful splendor, and worked on the maintenance and pavement of the streets as well as the main bridges in the city. Moreover, the maintenance of electricity networks and the delivery of electricity from the dam to the city center was worked on, many of the bakeries were also opened following the example of the mills that fulfill the need of the city of bread.
Manbej Military Council's Forces were able to protect the city's borders from hostile attacks. In many instances, the forces of the Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries attacked several fronts in Manbij. The internal security forces formed after the liberation of the city worked to maintain security in the city of Manbij and its villages.
The men and women of Manbij joined the forces of the Manbij Military Council, where the council opened several academies to train fighters and officers within its ranks, the most prominent academies of the martyr academy Faisal Abu Laila, which has exceeded the number of thousands joining in an effort to preserve the security and peace of their city.
Safe shelter for refugees
Because all the elements of life were available in Manbij city and its countryside, especially the security and peace factor, Manbij city was as large prison during domination Islamic State's gangs (IS), has turned today into a safe shelter to large number of families from all parts of Syrian areas who are seeking to security, which witnessed a fierce war.
The number of displaced people in Manbij sometimes reached more than 100 thousand displaced persons, while the number was descending and escalating according to the military and civil conditions on the Syrian arena, especially the geographical patches adjacent to Manbij city.
Manbij administration received displaced people in two camps, the eastern and western Manbij camps, which included hundreds of camps and supervised by Administration in cooperation with some humanitarian organizations.
An example of Co-existence and a model for future Syria
Manbij city and its countryside, known for its cultural, ethnic and ethnic diversity after liberating from (IS), became a center for co-existence among the region's Arab, Kurd, Turkmen and Circassian components, who participated together to manage themselves under umbrella of Democratic Civil Administration and protected them side by side to Manbij Military Council.
While the national conflict was rising in Syria, these components worked side by side to manage themselves and their region, until the region became a model for Syria's future and an example of co-existence.