Five years of war that has consumed in excess of 250,000 lives, the maiming of thousands and the displacement of more than half the Syrian population, has brought destruction to the normal mode of life for millions of people. Yet, out this destruction, plans are now emerging to establish a federal democracy in northern Syria, the first of its kind in the land so ravaged by violence and strife.
The Kurdish Democratic Union Party is expected to announce later today that it will declare a federal region in northern Syria, which it is hoping could serve as a model for the balance of the country, the Associated Press(AP) reported earlier this morning.
According to the AP, Nawaf Khalil, of the Democratic Union Party, said his group was not lobbying for an only-Kurdish region, but for an all-inclusive area that would include representation for Turkmen, Arabs and Kurds in northern Syria.
The Kurds was the largest minority group in Syria prior to the start of the war making up about ten percent of the country's then 23 million population. In Syria and in Iraq, the Kurds have fought with bravery especially against the Islamic State(IS).
Meeting today at a conference in Rmeilan, Syria, the Kurds are expected to announce the formation of "The Federal Democratic System of Rojava-North Syria." And so it has come to pass that out of the destruction and anarchy of the Syria war, a young democracy - with promises of institutions to the service of all the people, could be born.