After it was once the capital of darkness and terrorism and a threat to the whole world, Raqqa is now rising from the rubble to heal its wounds with the determination of its people and the blood of its SDF martyrs who liberated it from Daesh terrorism on October 17, 2017, after 166 days of fierce fighting. Now, on the fourth anniversary of liberation, many are wondering what Raqqa is like today and how it has become. In this report, we have gathered some statistics about the achieved work in Raqqa city in the past four years only, which was made by the efforts of all the committees of Raqqa Civil Council, under the security and safety provided by the SDF to bring life back to the city, which has become the discussion of the world media.
One of the most prominent service projects achieved by the Raqqa Civil Council is the rehabilitation of roads and the restoration of sanitation systems that were damaged by 50%, in addition, the rehabilitation of the bridges connecting the city with the countryside and they are about five bridges and four other bridges under construction, while the paved roads reached 250 thousand km long, and removed 7 million cubic meters of debris and activated 101 bread bakeries in the city and countryside with a capacity of up to 227 tons of flour per day to fully meet the needs of the people.
The People’s Municipality of Raqqa has also allocated 65 buses for internal transport to facilitate the movement of passengers, employees, workers, and civilians within the city, while the power grid has been fully rehabilitated in the countryside, while 75% of the network has been rehabilitated in the city that was the most damaged by the war. Regarding the health sector, four public hospitals have been established in the city like Raqqa National Hospital and Maternity Hospital, in addition, 27 health centers are distributed between the city and its countryside including a center specialized in coronavirus cases. The Education Committee has paid great attention to the education sector, 400 schools in the city and its countryside have been renovated to accommodate 116,000 students and 5,420 teachers who undergo rehabilitation courses before starting their work.
As for higher education, al-Sharq University was opened to be the first university to open its doors in the city for more than ten years to prepare graduates and scholars to employ them in public institutions.
In terms of the industrial sector, there are 100 industrial facilities, factories, and other industries, and the numbers are increasing as a result of stability and security, as well as the support and encouragement of the Economic Committee which provides the necessary facilities for small and large development and industrial projects to achieve self-sufficiency and eliminate unemployment.
For the agricultural sector, the Agriculture and Irrigation Committee has worked to restore and repair pumps and irrigation canals that feed a large space of land and agricultural projects which contribute to food security and self-sufficiency of the city, the total land area benefited reached up to 90,850 hectares. For Religious Endowments, 324 mosques in the city and its countryside have been renovated, in addition to one church. The support was about machinery and building materials such as cement and iron.
Raqqa has become the destination of all Syrians whether from the occupied areas due to forced displacement or from areas under the control of the Damascus government due to the deteriorating economic situation. Thanks to the security and safety provided by the SDF and services provided by the Committees of the Raqqa Civil Council. Raqqa is ranked first among the cities of north and eastern Syria in the number of arrived immigrants that reached up to 239029 people distributed between the city and its countryside. Many camps have bees established in cooperation with NGOs.