Afrin people resist Turkish occupation by planting olive trees

Olive trees planting is related historically with the people of Afrin. It has become a profession and heritage for them. Despite the occupation of Afrin, the Afrin people will not abandon this profession wherever they are.

Since the beginning of the Turkish occupation and its mercenaries on Afrin in January 2018 to this day, they continue their violations against human beings, stone and nature. The occupation of Afrin after nearly two months of resistance led to the displacement of more than 300,000 civilians from the province to Al-Shahba district and villages of Shirawa district.

 The Turkish occupation army continues cutting of the olive trees; the number of fruit trees that were cut for sale in Turkey has reached tens of thousands. 

Nevertheless, the Afrin displaced in Al Shahba continue to plant the olive trees in love with them and as an expression of their attachment to their occupied land.

A family from kafir Safra village in Jindrissa district, Afrin canton, that is living now in Al Shahba canton, has been working for 40 years in the cultivation of the olive trees and exporting it in Afrin and in the other Syrian provinces. It has not given up its profession so far.

 It has returned again to the cultivation of these kind of trees. they grow the seedlings inside plastic houses. The seedlings remain for a period, until they grows slightly and take root in the soil. Then they become ready for planting and exporting.

This period is interspersed with routine watering and the seedling is sprayed with fertilizer to speed up the growth process.

 Two years ago, the family planted some 300.000 olive seedlings and exported part of them into the Shahba and some areas in northern Syria.

"For centuries, our region has been famous for its cultivation of olive trees. Our family has been working in this field for 40 years where we have four plastic houses for the cultivation, but they have been destroyed and looted by mercenaries,"  65-years old Ahmed Hanan said.

"The cultivation of olive trees in our family has been a heritage and a source of livelihood for decades. We have been cultivating the seed because we love that work," Houria Mohammed said.

"Every time the mercenaries cut a tree, we plant 100 trees instead. Everyone resists in their own way; we resist by planting the seed, but others resist in another way," houria said.



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