Kurds in Syria’s Afrin say they fear campaign of demographic change

Kurdish residents of Afrin, a Syrian district captured by Turkish forces and their Syrian allies in March, fear there is a campaign to replace them with Arabs, Britain’s Guardian newspaper said.

“It’s not the Afrin we know,” it quoted a woman named Areen as saying. “We feel like the Palestinians.”

“We want to go back, we couldn’t care less if we’re governed by the Kurds or Turks or Assad, we just want our land back,” she said.

Other Kurdish residents were quoted as having said they had lost their homes or been displaced, but Turkish authorities say they have overthrown a violent regime and allowed the people of Afrin to govern themselves.