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KOBANE: DESTRUCTION IN THE HEARTS چاپ ارسال به دوست
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KOBANE: DESTRUCTION IN THE HEARTS
 
The journey of people of Kobane, 
 
 
 
by Apo W. Bazidi
 
16 Feb 2015
 

It was easy to walk out from the refugee camps where they had faced hunger, cold and pain. Excitement belongs in the heartbeat. Their heartbeats were 5 steps ahead of their feet. It was a surreal feeling. They were finally heading home. But they must go through a process which, to them, was alien. Long lines in front of the Turkish Police station, to give fingerprints for the last time to a land that they did not belong. They sign a statement saying if you are willing to go back to Kobane, there can be “no return” to Turkey. A choice which did not matter for them. They were thirsty to go back and step onto the soil they first crawled on, to breathe in their memories that helped them survive many months in Turkey. Whilst in Turkey, many had sworn to kiss the soil three times as soon as they arrived.


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A STORY OF KOBANÊ: CHILDREN OF DESTRUCTION چاپ ارسال به دوست
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A STORY OF KOBANÊ: CHILDREN OF DESTRUCTION 

 

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05 Feb 2015

 

  By Apo W. Bazîdî ; A Kurdish-American filmmaker and writer who has been volunteering in the camps in Suruç since October 2014 

 

 

 

Once upon a time there was a little cute town named Kobane. People were happy and busy with their ordinary lives. Barbers, butchers,tobacco shops, tea houses and playgrounds... Farmers came from villages to the city for change. Shopping in the garment bazaars for a wedding dress. Awed by the apartment buildings and cars… In the middle of this ordinary life there was a disabled boy named Azad. His body did not match his name AZAD (Freedom). He was born “abnormal”.

 

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He couldn’t move his body except his head. He never played with his friends, never rode a bike, jumped a rope, nor closed his eyes for hide and seek. But he always smiled and the freedom that he wanted to have in his body was alive in his eyes.

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UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visits Iraq, calls for international leadership to end suffering چاپ ارسال به دوست
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  UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visits Iraq, calls for international leadership to end suffering

DOHUK, Iraq, January 25 (UNHCR) The UN refugee agency's Special Envoy Angelina Jolie is in Dohuk, Iraq, visiting Syrian refugees and displaced Iraqi citizens in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to offer support to 3.3 million displaced people in the country and highlight their dire needs.

Since Ms Jolie's last visit to Iraq in September 2012, the scale and gravity of the humanitarian situation have increased dramatically, as the conflicts in Syria and Iraq intensify and become intertwined.

 
 
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 UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets members of the Yazidi minority in Khanke IDP Camp, Iraq, on 25 January, 2015. Ms Jolie was visiting Syrian refugees and displaced Iraqi citizens in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to offer support to 3.3 million displaced people in the country and highlight their dire needs.

"It is shocking to see how the humanitarian situation in Iraq has deteriorated since my last visit. On top of large numbers of Syrian refugees, two million Iraqis were displaced by violence in 2014 alone. Many of these innocent people have been uprooted multiple times as they seek safety amidst shifting frontlines."


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ROJAVA A NEW BORN COUNTRY چاپ ارسال به دوست
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ROJAVA A NEW BORN COUNTRY

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Directed by Fabio Bucciarelli & Eduardo Matas
Photography Fabio Bucciarelli
Editing Eduardo Matas & Addretouch

After more than two and a half years of war, Syria is destroyed by the agony of bombs. The revolution, borned with democracy and freedom’s aims, has slowly turned into an islamist war for the land’s control. The Free Syrian Army has crumbled and, day after day, the jihadist groups are taking more and more power.

In this apocalyptic scenario, the Syrian Kurdistan raises its voice and carries out its dreams of freedom. After years of internal strife against Assad’s government, the Kurds, now taking advantage of the civil war, are preparing themselves for the enactment of a new state, the Rojava or Syrian Kurdistan.

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UN Secretary General Calls for Action to Protect Civilians in Syria’s Kobane چاپ ارسال به دوست
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 UN Secretary General Calls for Action to Protect Civilians in Syria’s Kobane

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UNITED NATIONS, October 7 (RIA Novosti) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged "all those with the means to do so" to protect the residents of the largely Kurdish town of Ayn al-Arab in Syria amid the assault of the Islamic State(IS), the United Nations said in a press release.

"In light of the gross and extensive violations of human rights and international humanitarian law the terrorist group has committed in areas that have fallen under its control in Syria and Iraq during its barbarous campaign, he [Ban] urgently calls on all those with the means to do so to take immediate action to protect the beleaguered civilian population of Ayn al-Arab," Monday's statement read.

Ban is "following with grave concern the ongoing offensive by ISIL [IS] on the northern Syrian town of Ayn al-Arab, which has already resulted in massive displacement of civilians, including into Turkey, and numerous death and injuries," according to the statement.

Islamic State militants have been besieging Ayn al-Arab, also known as Kobani — one of the largest towns in the Kurdish region bordering Turkey — for the last three weeks, making about 300,000 people flee their homes, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Salih Muslim, the leader of the Syrian Kurdish party PYD, has said that Islamic State (IS) militants were likely to slaughter the residents of Kobani, unless Kurdish fighters receive the weapons, promised to them by the West.

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