​​​​​​​Zaki Persos… years of struggle continues through his students

The struggle march that was started by the revolutionary figure, Zaki Persos, to develop the health sector in Kurdistan, especially within the July 19th Revolution in Rojava, continues today through his students who derived their true will from the martyr to overcome all adversities and achieve what they aspired to.

The pages of the history of the July 19th Revolution were engraved with the resistance of many revolutionary personalities who devoted their lives to work for its development and victory in all fields without any return on the basis of the democratic nation's thought proposed by the leader Abdullah Ocalan.

Rojava Revolution was known for the resistance of its national and revolutionary personalities who struggled to the last breath in order to achieve the human and moral values of their society, and among these personalities, the national and revolutionary figure Zaki Persos, who is considered one of the pillars of the health sector in Kurdistan.

Over the years, Zaki Persos continued to work within the health sector in Kurdistan, especially in Rojava, in order to develop it and return it to its true essence, as he was one of the founders of most of the medical institutions and unions established in Rojava, north and east Syria.

Who is the martyr Zaki Persos?

The national and revolutionary figure, Zaki Persos, the real name (Mohammad Fayek Tashkin) comes from Suruj district of the city of Raha in Bakur (Northern Kurdistan), born in 1958, from a family of 4 brothers, 7 sisters, a mother and a father.

He studied at the primary school for two years in Suruj, in the city of Raha in Bakur Kurdistan, then moved to the Turkish city of Istanbul, and finished primary and middle school there and completed secondary school in the city of Raha, and moved to the Turkish city of Eskişehir to study at the Faculty of Pharmacy (Medical Sciences) at Anatolia University, and got Ph.D. in college, with a book on making vanillin (the main ingredient in aspirin) through waste recycling.

And between 1965-1976, the struggler Persos got to know the leader Abdullah Ocalan, to later start the struggle on the path of the freedom of Kurdistan, and he continued his work for several years in the social and medical arena in Bakur, and joined the Kurdistan Freedom Movement in 2000.

Zaki Persos struggled for several years in the mountains of Kurdistan within the freedom movement, to return later to Bakur and continue his work in the health sector until 2014.

With the outbreak of the July 19th Revolution in Rojava, the national and revolutionary figure, Zaki Persos, joined, like hundreds of people, who wanted to join the revolution in order to develop all its aspects. In 2015, he began work on restoring and developing the infrastructure of the health sector in the region, which lacked its own regulations and laws, in addition to hospitals, medical centers and academies, due to the neglect and marginalization of the Damascus Government in the area in terms of services, specifically health.

The co-chair of the Faculty of Medicine at Rojava University, Abeer Hassaf, spoke about the national and revolutionary figure, Zaki Persos, with whom she had first met in 2015, saying: "He left a great impact in the health sector, as he worked hard in writing the Rules of Procedure for Health in Rojava." The first conference on health was held.

For the first time at the level of Rojava, the Medical Academy was inaugurated on the 4th of March 2017 in Roj Hospital in the occupied city of Serêkaniyê/ Ras al-Ain.

Putting the concept of health on the right track

In order to develop this field more broadly, the activist Zaki Persos wrote many books related to health, especially in terms of how to develop it and introduce its correct concept within the thought of the democratic nation. One of the most prominent of these books is (The Health Policy of the Democratic Nation) in Turkish and has been translated into Kurdish and Arabic.

Referring to the work done by the struggler Persus to restore health to its true essence, Dr. Abeer Hassaf stresses that he "has always sought to introduce new and advanced measures that serve health in our region, unlike any other in Syria and the Middle East."

The struggler's advice still fresh in students’ minds

The fifth year student at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Rojava, Dilber Hamdo, agrees with Dr. Abeer Hassaf, about the distinctive concept that the struggler Persos followed with his students in his work, and says: "He established the hospital and academic system on the basis of the commune, meaning that the student also holds the status of administrator. ".

The fighter Zaki Persos left a great impact in the heart of everyone he met inside and outside of work in Rojava, north and east Syria, in building a strong will to overcome the difficulties that might come in their way, as his students expressed. In this context, Dr. Abeer Hassaf explained that: "He was a lively and energetic person for the development of his students, and he was spreading knowledge in all his sessions."

She explained: "Although he was suffering from many heart diseases, he did not hesitate even for a moment to work in order to reach his students to the highest ranks and develop the health sector at the required level."

The health sector faced dire consequences due to ongoing Turkish occupation bombardment, resulting in the martyrdom many civilians and serious wounded, as well as to the lack of basic materials, medicines medical supplies as a result of the crisis affecting Syria in general.

In this context, Dr. Abeer Hassaf explains that the struggler Zaki Perosos has always worked to meet the health and medical needs of the community in the difficult circumstances they faced, and says: "Within these circumstances, the region was in urgent need of large numbers of nurses to treat the injured, so in a short time he was able the Martyr Persos from graduating five batches of nurses.

The martyrdom of the symbol of democratic health

After a long march of struggle to serve the people of Kurdistan, on the 28th of last June, the national and revolutionary figure Zaki Persos rose to the rank of martyrdom after suffering with illness. The Health Body of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria consoled themselves and the family of the martyr with the martyrdom of the struggler Persos and renewed its pledge to continue the march of construction and progress "and protect our gains with more determination to work in the health sector and develop it to be a model as the martyr Zaki Persos wanted."

In a solemn ceremony in which thousands of residents of Jazira region participated, the body of the martyr Zaki Persos was buried to his final resting place in the shrine of the martyr Dalil Sarukhan in the city of Qamishlo.



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