Struggle to liberate women will continue

The British Independent newspaper published an article by a fighter in the ranks of the Women's Protection Unit (YPJ), Amara Şervan about her experience and decision to join the YPJ in 2013. She confirmed that "the most beautiful women are those who sacrificed of themselves when men sought to subjugate them."


The fighter in the ranks of YPJ, Amara Şervan, points out that from the beginning of her participation in confronting Daesh in Rumailan till Dêrik, Tel Koçer, Serêkaniyê, Manbij, Şengal and Deir ez-Zor and in every campaign she passed through, what she remembered from the war against Daesh was their will to rise, their desire to life, and their relationship as comrades.

Amara added saying, "Here in Rojava, many women cannot live in dignity with their families because of the feudal approach of living, but with my decision to join YPJ, my life has changed forever," said Amara.

In her article, Amara points out that her decision showed how women could take their place in the struggle for liberation, and said, "For a Kurdish girl who cannot talk at home to defend her rights, this is really important." At first, my family was afraid to be captured by the foes, and to be treated dishonestly, but after a while, they have been proud of me.

And added, "Six years is a long time. We always fought in the fighting and saw the blood, and as women, that was a good lesson for us. We saw a different and wider view of how life was. Every step we took was like a child learning to walk so he could stand on his feet.

Amara notes that the first time she was attacked by Daesh, she began to think, "Maybe we cannot fight these enemies, maybe we will die here."

Amara confirms, "These moments strengthened us and reinforced us. After passing through this hardship and winning, my comrades were enthusiastic, smiling, and talking about what they had done. After that, I felt that I could continue and make sure to take things step by step."

She explained that her vision of the first body was also not easy. Although that person was an enemy, he was also a human being. But when looking at the way that Deash fought, it was necessary to defend ourselves.

She continued, "We were forced to attack defending ourselves against the occupation forces that were destroying our society. Daesh, with its criminal approach, distorted Islam and deceived the people."

Amara says, "We had one mission which was to liberate a village where people were being punished. Every day, they were torturing and slaughtering women. Regardless of the number of people who were martyred, we said to ourselves that we must have retaken this village from IS' domination."

Amara points out that the happiest moments of her life are "when we were moving forward together, and we were taking back places that were previously under IS' control."

The war against Daesh in Rojava drew the world's attention. There has never been such a thing in history before. The women and men fought together alongside and lived together in an ethical way.

Amara said in her article, "Our war will continue against our foes and their ideology, our war will not stop. We are always striving to change our mentality, but we take the morale from the military defeat of a force like Daesh which has carried out such an abhorrent war, especially against the women."

"In the name of woman, we liberated the women from a dark place under Daesh oppression and injustice. A 10-year-old girl could not enjoy her childhood. They were forced to cover their heads, and were deprived of their right to live. Now, the children have been released," she said

When we liberated Deir ez-Zor, we liberated some women who were captured by Daesh. We talked together and said, "Do you see how women can rise? How can they fight for liberation? How do the Arab women get up and become leaders?"

Amara added, "We had lost many of our fighters, many young people, children, women and families had been killed, and large numbers of the people had been burned and beheaded. We had suffered a lot to arrive this point."

"We won over Daesh, but our battle against repression has not ended yet," she said at the end of her article.



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