Voices of the Kurdish Women’s Resistance: Kobanê, Terolar, Cizre, Diyarbakır, Hesekê, Qamişlolu

‘Here’s Kobanê!’

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ŞIRNEX – Şırnak’s district İdil resisted against genocidal attacks for 44 days.

İdil people have continued to return their houses. Yıldız Gerçin, who lives in the Turgut Özal neighborhood where the most intense attacks were carried out, invites the people to her garden by saying, “Here’s Kobanê here”. After we went into her garden, she began to cook rice of wheat grains and white bean stew on the fire. She explained why she likened İdil to the resistance of Kobanê. “We don’t care about the demolished houses, as long as the youths weren’t killed. We will never leave our homes”.

“These special forces members are Daesh. Erdoğan brought Daesh here. They killed our youths. They say, “We will rebuild their houses.” We don’t want your apartments and properties. We want nothing from you. We don’t want your help, water and food.

“We don’t want anything from them. We just want our culture and our language. Erdoğan began to practice this savagery after June 7 elections. Erdoğan sacrificed the youths for the elections. Police, soldiers and their families are partners of Erdoğan. They must riot against Erdoğan to not allow their children to be sacrificed. Don’t let the hearts of mothers and fathers be broken.

“They say us, “Leave your lands”. These lands are our lands. It’s Erdoğan, soldiers and police who must leave these lands. They must know that we will follow our children’s path to the end.”

Kobanê women: We’ll resist until we have our freedom

Zahide Ehmed

KOBANÊ – Kobanê women, who react to the AKP’s massacre policies against Kurdish people said, “We will stand by our people in Nusaybin, Cizre, Silopi, Şırnak and Sur and we’ll resist until we have our freedom.”

Reactions to the war which against Kurdish people by the AKP, have increasingly continued from four parts of Kurdistan and many countries of the world. The attacks have entered in the 23rd day in the Nusaybin district of Mardin under the name of “curfew”. Support came from the Kobanê people to the Nusaybin people who have continued to resist. Kobanê women emphasized that Kurdish people cannot be annihilated by war policies.

Zerga Bozan said, “We won’t keep silent against the slaughter policy of Turkish state. Kurdish people couldn’t be annihilated by oppression, massacres and the bombs and they won’t be. Now, fascist Turkish state is attacking graves. Turkey has burned people alive and it has bombed the people. Turkish state has broken all moral and humanitarian rules. There are the rules of war and Turkey has violated these rules. However, Kurdish people have continued to fight in moral and humanitarian ways. All Kurdish people must be united against these attacks.”

Xedice Siyamed, another woman who reacts to the AKP’s attacks said, “Turkish state has killed our children, women and civilians ferally. And now they have attacked our graves. We’ll claim our martyrs to the end. The more they demolish and destroy the cemeteries, the more we will rebuild them. We don’t accept the attacks in Nusaybin and we demand an end to the attacks right away. Turkey must accept the people’s demand of self-government. We’ll continue to resist until we have our freedom.”

HPC-JIN opens first head office in Hesekê


HESEKÊ -Women who have had a part in the Civilians’ Defense Forces (Hezên Parastına Ciwakê, HPC) since July, 2015, have formed Women’s Civilians Defense Forces (HPC-JIN) by creating their first battalion. HPC-JIN has opened its first head office in the Hesekê city of Cizîr Canton. Hesekê Women’s Center is in the Kelasê neighborhood of the city. Women gave the name of Hemrîn Heso (nom de guerre Arjîn Mezlûm), an YPJ fighter who died on August 19, 2014 during clashes in the Ceza town of Girkê Lege. Many women participated in the opening of the center. Bêrîvan Mustefa, the HPC commander, spoke at the opening. Bêrîvan celebrated the 67th birthday of the leader of the PKK Abdullah Öcalan. She said that women broke their chains of slavery thanks to Abdullah Öcalan’s ideas.

Bêrîvan emphasized that women have carried out a heroic struggle against gangs in Rojava and women have built a life on the ground of brotherhood of people and common life by taking part in clashes.

Wehîda Mehemed Hesen, mother of Hemrîn Heso (nom de guerre Arjîn Mezlûm), opened the center. Eight Arab and 35 Kurdish women are in the center.

Women’s resistance continues in Terolar

Piroz Zırığ

MEREŞ – Alevis, who have faced with massacre and ostracism for their faith, say they don’t want to leave their lands, stating the container housings for refugees have been built in the Terolar village of Maraş on purpose.

Resistance, which has begun in the Sivrice Höyük (Kurdish name: Terolar) village of Dulkadir, Maraş province under the leadership of women, has continued on the 12nd day. The people say that the camps are wanted to build in this area deliberately. Gang members will be placed here not the people who need help. They want to implement the policy of assimilation.

Construction equipment has been sent to the region despite people being against the container housings. Soldiers attacked the people who wanted to enter the area, using tear gas and water cannon. After these attacks, the citizens have continued their action in djemevi (A house where Alevi people gather). Elif Bünül, who has lived in the Terolar village for 25 years, explains why they don’t want container housings for refugees in their region. She said that because of their faith they have been subject to forced assimilation efforts for years. They built a life for themselves. Elif pointed out that they have resisted assimilation. “If they build a container housing here, our order will be break down. This land is our only land. If the refugees come here, we cannot live here anymore.” said Elif.

Döne Göksungur said, “I have lived in this village for more than 30 years. We have made a great effort for this land.” Döne said that many Alevi people were forced to immigrate to European countries during Maraş massacre (Hundreds of Alevi people were killed in Kahramanmaraş on December, 1978). They don’t want to experience it again. “Many of them never returned. They ran away from oppression. We know what immigration is. But, who will they bring here? Why this village? We live here without discriminating who is Kurdish, Turkish, Alevi or Sunnis. We want to continue to live here in safety.

“We can go out at night without fear. Women don’t live under pressure.”

Qamişlolu women: We will continue to resist for our lands

Lilav Çolî-Binevş Sarya

QAMİŞLO – Rojava women reacted to the AKP government’s attacks on Nusaybin. They said, “We will resist to the end for our streets and lands.”

State forces’ attacks have continued in the Nusaybin district of Mardin for 22 days under the name of “curfew”. Resistance of Nusaybin people has also continued against state forces’ attacks. Women, who live in Cizîr Canton of Qamişlo reacted to the attacks of the state and the AKP government.

Şindar Hemo, who lives in Hilêliyê, said, “Turkish state attacks Kurdish people brutally. Our children cannot sleep and they are scared due to sound of bombs and gunfire from Nusaybin. A mortar, which fired from Nusaybin, fell in our street. Turkish state must know that we will never take steps backward in resisting. We will continue to resist for our streets and lands. We will protect our country.”

Edla Mehmûd, meanwhile, condemns the attacks on Nusaybin. She said, “We live on the border of Nusaybin and Qamişlo. That means the attacks towards Nusaybin is the attacks towards us. No one can walk in the streets and live in their homes freely due to bombs and gunfire. We are affected by war, but the most difficult thing for us is people have been killed by Turkish state in Nusaybin and Bakur. World states keep silence against this savagery. However, we will be in the streets and we will go to the borders for the resistance and struggle of Kurdish people. We hope the war will be end and peace will come to these areas again.”

Gültan Kışanak: Expropriation decision must be canceled immediately

Bêrîtan Elyakut

AMED- Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality Co-mayor Gültan Kışanak stated that people’s property, historic monuments and churches have been seized under the name of “Urgent expropriation” and these are against minority rights and Lausanne Agreement. Gültan emphasized that this decision must be canceled immediately.

The AKP government first demolished the Sur district of Diyarbakır by declaring curfew and then it is trying to seize the town with “urgent expropriation” which has been declared in the Sur district of Diyarbakır by cabinet decision. Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality Co-mayor Gültan Kışanak evaluated the decision. Gültan emphasized the decision, which was taken with article 27 of the Expropriation Law, isn’t a normal expropriation, it is seizures. Gültan said the state took the decision to seize the people’s properties in the Sur.

Gültan said, “The state’s statement such as “They won’t seize the people’s properties,” is a political statement. The decision, which has been taken, is important. The state is trying to cover the situation by using political statements. The expropriation decision must be canceled immediately. The people don’t want expropriation. For this reason, the decision must be changed.”

Gültan pointed out that the expropriation decision takes the entire Sur district in. 55,000 people and shopkeepers will be affected by the decision. Gültan said, “A state which says, “I take the post office, City Museum, mosques, churches and the municipality building,” Such thing cannot be happened.” Gültan pointed out the churches and the place of worship of different faiths in Sur. She said that the decision is against minority rights and Lausanne Agreement. “The minorities had many difficulties about their properties for years. They managed to save their places of worship from the foundations by fighting. Seizing and expropriating the properties of minorities are unlawfulness.”

Gültan also emphasized that UNESCO is a UN organization which is working at the ambassadorial level and it address itself to the state. Gültan said that they have sent reports to the Ministry of Culture but the ministry hasn’t given the reports to UNESCO. Gültan reminded the UNESCO delegation statement, which was made when the delegation came to Diyarbakır. “We aren’t concerned with only the buildings and material assets; we are also interested in the spiritual experiences.” Gültan said, “The life in Sur has been damaged, so UNESCO process will be forced due to damaged life.”

Besna summarizes 30 years Turkey’s pressure


ŞIRNEX – Besna Erdem lives in the İdil district of Şırnak. Her life story is summary of the war and oppression which have been imposed for 40 years in Kurdistan region. They lived in the Pelisi village of Cizre before they came to İdil.

We met with Besna in her garden. She had begun to rebuild her life, like other women in İdil. Besna said,

“They have demolished my house three times, I have become refugee three times.”

Her words have summarized the savagery not only in İdil but also in Mesopotamia. Besna continued to talk by saying,

“Tansu Çller became Prime Minister. The chief village guard Kamil Atak and his team buried her house. We had to leave our land. They buried our village. We had to go to İdil. They did the same in İdil too. They buried my house. I have become refugee in my land three times.”

Besna stated that she and her family had to return to Xarabi village and they lived in damaged mosque. “They buried everything. They told us to leave.

“I will never my land. I will never leave my home, even if they kill us.”