"Syria's Ticking Time Bomb: Unveiling Rojava"
Embark on a compelling journey through the heart of Northeast Syria with 'Syria's Ticking Time Bomb,' an eye-opening documentary that delves into the complexities of the Rojava region.
Following the Syrian civil war in 2011, the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) took control of this pivotal area.
They established The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, also known as Rojava, which is a de facto autonomous region in northeastern Syria.
Rojava, derived from the Kurdish term for 'west,' alludes to Western Kurdistan, a vital fragment of the divided Kurdistan in the Middle East. Comprising three 'cantons' in Northern Syria, Rojava defines itself not as a new independent nation, but as a 'federal autonomous region' firmly nested within Syria's borders."
Home to approximately 4 million people, Rojava is a tapestry of cultures. While Kurds form a significant portion of the population, the region is also home to Turkmen, Arabs, Syriacs, Assyrians, and Yezidi Kurds. Notably, Kurds represent the largest ethnic minority in Syria. Under the previous Baath regime, the official use of the Kurdish language was prohibited."
Rojava aspires to be a beacon of democracy in the region. Enshrined in its constitution are unwavering commitments to the rights of women and ethnic and religious minorities, underlining the region's dedication to inclusivity and equitable representation."
In the complex tapestry of Syria's political landscape, the rise of the Baath Party marked a significant turning point, steering in an era dominated by Arab nationalism. This fervent embrace of Arab identity had profound implications for various ethnic groups, particularly the Kurdish population. As the Syrian Republic transformed into the Syrian Arab Republic, every facet of life bore the imprint of Arab nationalism, from the Syrian Arab Army to Syrian Arab Airlines. Yet, for the Kurds, this shift presented formidable challenges to their sense of Syrian citizenship.
With the discovery of oil in northeastern Syria in 1956, hardline Baathist governments viewed the Kurdish population as a threat to Arab national unity.