One Kurd’s trip from Kirkuk to al-Tabqa

A citizen from al-Tabqa city narrated story of his grandfather’s exodus from Kirkuk province in south Kurdistan to al-Tabqa area in middle Syria more than 200 years.


A long period of history in the Middle East has been characterized by an ideology in the context of conflicts between the intellectual and political currents that developed during the period of the emergence of the Ottoman Empire and its expansion in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In this region, the policy of demographic change was adopted on the principle of "divide and conquer" in ongoing conflicts.

The period of the Ottoman occupation was characterized by racism through an attempt to exterminate the components and carry out ethnic cleansing. It followed several direct and indirect methods, either by committing massacres against them or by involving them in their internal and external wars to get rid of them.

The Kurdish people were among the most anti-Ottoman peoples, as they had the greatest share of the massacres and displacement that continue to this day. This is clearly manifested by the Turkish occupation to Afrin, the massacres committed against its people and forced displacement, which recalls to mind the policy of the Ottoman state since its founding.

Aliawi al-Muhemmed al-Hamoud al-Hussein, a 65-years-old Kurdish man, tells Hawar news agency (ANHA) about the displacement of his grandfather Hussein from Kirkuk in south Kurdistan since more than 200 years by the Ottoman state, which forcibly recruited him to fight in the ranks of the Ottoman army. Then, he settled in Syria and stranded ways to return to because of the policies of the Ottoman Empire as well as the long distance to his home.

Aliawi al-Muhemmed as has already been said that "My grandfather Hussein was a young man coming from Tahkta village in Kirkuk, north Iraq. He was recruited by the Ottoman state to fight in its ranks in the expansionist wars that he fought, but he split from the Ottoman army with an Arab friend. Afterwards, they settled in al-Sabkha area located in the eastern al-Raqqa and married sisters and lived in one house and this is indicative of anything but fraternity of peoples between all components since ancient times and we are currently living in the north of Syria with Turkey's ongoing attempts to plant the seed of sedition in it.

Mohammed continues his speech saying "With the retreat of the Ottoman army towards Anatolia, Hussain's grandfathers and his friend the narrator Sabkha left to look for a place to graze their livestock. He headed towards western countryside of al-Raqqa, specifically al-Safsafa village which is 8 kilometers from al-Tabqa. My grandfather had two children, one of whom died in his youth and the other named Hamoud married and had six children, two girls and four boys, one of them died and three remained. They married and each had a number of children, including Aliawi’s father Mohammed al-Hamoud al-Hussein.

Aliawi has seven brothers. One of them has died since 5 years and six remained. He has six children. All of them live in al-Safsafa village and practice agriculture and livestock.

The disappearance of the Kurdish language in this family

The most important of these are the pressures exerted on the Kurdish people by all the regimes following the Ottoman occupation and forcing them to learn and speak Arabic and other languages ​​until the Kurdish language in this family has finally disappeared and is the only one in this village, which made it worse.

I am proud of my Kurdish origins

Aliawi added during his speech "I am proud of Kurdish origins and a member of the Kurdish people and our livelihood and our involvement in the Arab society has not forgotten me and my identity, I belong to the children of my skin and when the blood moves in my veins I know that the person in front of me is a Kurd even if he does not know himself or speak.”

Daesh occupation of the region is continuation of Ottoman’s epoch

Large numbers of the Kurdish families had been exposed a lot to brutal practices during occupation al-Tabqa area by Islamic State's gangs (IS), forcing them to abandon the area and finally Islamic State's gangs have been eliminated from the area by virtue of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters.

"Aliwai al-Mohemmed said "We waited the Wrath of Euphrates campaign closely and realized our dream of liberation after years of torment and injustice, and we had previously been informed to visitf Islamic State's security office," he said. "in order to check the extent of our relationship with the Syrian Democratic forces(SDF) which reached then the entire liberation of northern countryside of al-Tabqa, but we stayed at our homes and did not get out of them except for the utmost necessity to avoid contact with any element of mercenaries."

Turkish occupation of Afrin will not continue

Aliawi Mohammed expressed his displeasure and condemnation of the occupation of Turkey and its mercenaries to Afrin describing its work as inhuman and said in the midst of that" When the Turkish occupation began its aggression on Afrin with the help of some mercenaries and slaves of money, I recalled to my mind how Hussein was recruited by the Ottomans against his will and deported from his native country and ended up dying a stranger away from his home."

He added that "the injustice will not last long and we will return to Afrin city sooner or later, and as Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) broke the arm of Turkey in North Syria represented by Islamic State’s gangs (IS) it will cut its hand in Afrin."

In this context, Al-Mohammad said: "The Kurdish people are inherently good-hearted and do not like assaulting anyone except those who attack them and do not harm a neighbor or a friend even if it costs them a lot."

I am proud of the leader of the peoples Abdullah Ocelan

About the leader and thinker Abdullah Ocelan, al-Muhamad expressed his pride in him and his thought, otherwise, the peoples would not have been freed from injustice and oppression, and fraternity and true democracy would not have prevailed. His continued capture by the Turkish occupation would not help them because his mind is free and expanding and will continue to expand until the liberation of the last occupied inch.

Morale correlation to the olive tree

"The first tree we planted in our new house is the olive tree, which expresses the generosity, strength and clinging to the land. I am proud of its sweet oil, which is called the Kurdish oil. Even the olive tree trim needs mutual understanding between the farmer and the tree so the majority of those who do this work are the Kurds."



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