On 20 September 2017, the district parliament (BVV) of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg endorsed the proposal to enter into a town twinning with Dêrik in northern Syria. At the time, this was unique in Germany.

On 27 February 2019, the town twinning was then officially decided by the district parliament (BVV) with a large majority. As a town twinning association, we want to provide information about Dêrik, promote exchange with the people in Dêrik and carry out projects in cooperation with the Dêrik city authorities and other initiatives.

We have achieved quite a bit along the way. Although the invasions of the Turkish military in Afrin in 2018 and in the region around Sere Kaniye in 2019 and the constant threats of the Turkish government to conquer further areas have always caused setbacks to our efforts.