News from the Revolution in Rojava and Wider Kurdistan
Kurdish mothers in Kobanê are joining in the popular effort to defend the canton from an ongoing assault by the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS), according to a report from DİHA carried in Özgür Gündem. The mothers, organized under the leadership of Yekitiya Star, gathered at a local armory from where a brief ceremony was performed marking their entrance into the ranks of the YPJ. The women will serve at checkpoints around Kobanê where they will work to provide security for the city center.
The people of Kobanê are in a state of total mobilization in their efforts to resist ISIS encroachment into the canton, with hundreds of new recruits taking to the front to protect their villages and homes. One mother of five named Besê told DİHA that Kobanê was passing through a critical moment. Besê said that they were fighting as Kurdish mothers and would not allow ISIS gangs to operate their lands. Besê affirmed that ISIS would not be able to take Kobanê, saying “we have taken up arms as women. We will support our YPG and YPJ fighters.” Vowing to fight to her last drop of blood, she said “We will not leave our land, we will not allow our land to be occupied.”
Following the ceremony the women left to join security details around the country.
The Rojava Coordination Committee, based in Northern (Turkish) Kurdistan has made a call to support the resistance in the canton. The Comittee can be reached at Telefon: +90 0542 430 72 68, Mail: Rojavayadestek@ hotmail.com