In pictures: From our island in Rojava northern Syria one of the oldest villages “Shoti” knows its history and its present

Kajin Ahmad –

The village “Shouti” is located on the eastern side of the city of Qamishlo in Rojava, at a distance of “7” km, where it sits on an area of ​​“4,500 donums”, and it is one of the inhabited villages since ancient times, The history of the construction of this village dates back to more than “400” years According to the villagers ’statements.

The village from the north is surrounded by the village of “Nematiya” and the village of “Ghibi”, and on the east by the village of “Shurk”, on the south and southeast of the village of “Qusayr” and the village of “Al-Daadoushieh”, while on the west it is bounded by the village of “Kri Rash”.

Most of the villagers work in agricultural activities, especially greenery, benefiting from surface water for irrigation, in addition to some of the small they practice in Qamishlo city.

The “Haji Hami Saadoun” is considered one of the first to establish this village on the northeastern bank of the river, known locally as the “Nematiyya” river, which unites with the “Jaqjaq” River south of the international road “Aleppo – Mosul”, after he purchased the land with some of his cousins ​​from One of the folding elders, who was called “Muhammad bin Abdul Rahman”.

“Haji Hami” came from eastern Kurdistan 450 years ago and immigrated to northern Kurdistan, where he lived with his cousins ​​in what is today the city of Mardin, north of Amuda, then he migrated from them towards the of “Shoti” village, and bought the land from its owners and made it a residence for him and his relatives who were With him.

Some of the villagers indicated that the name came from the word “Shatii”, meaning Al-Mashta, where Mr. “Qutb al-Din Haj Khalil” mentioned that the location of the village was a square phrase for the Sheikh of al-Tayi who was wintering with his flocks in it, and when the name was registered in the official records of the Syrian government, a murmur occurred. In registering her name, he became known as “Al-Shawti”.

“Haj Khalil” explained that the village, which today consists of “45” families, is a mixture of Kurdish clans such as “Shabazneh, Al-Muhallamiyah, Al-Siyad and Diwani” and others, in addition to some of the Arab families, as well as inhabited by some of the Armenian families and among the most famous of those families known as “ Ahw Shoti”.

For his part, Sheikh Abd al-Mawgood, stated that the lands of the village they had bought had documents and papers dating back more than “250” years, that is, to the days of the Ottoman Empire.

He also mentioned the water mill located in the south of the village, which was established almost since the “1960”, that it had served the village and the neighboring villages for a period of “30” years, and stopped after the Turks cut off the waters of the river “Joqjaq”, which led to its cessation of work.

Translation: Selava Omar

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