Kurds in Greece Protest About Their Home, Away From Home
These images were photographed for a story written by Sara Rahim, published by Athens Live. The story discusses the Kurdish plight, the recent conflict in Afrin, and the labors of Kurds in Greece.
Captions by Sara Rahim.
A 20-years-old Kurdish female fighter named as Avesta Khabur detonated herself to destroy a Turkish tank in Afrin. She was a member of the all-female Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), an armed group in control of the Kurdish canton of Afrin in northwestern Syria that has come under Turkish military attacks since January 20. This poster was created by members of the Kurdish Cultural Center in order to commemorate her. It was carried at the various protestors against the Afrin offensive.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented the martyrdom in Afrin to be 289 Civilians including 43 children. This poster was printed by members of the Kurdish Cultural Center in order to show the atrocities committed by the offensive. It was carried at the various protestors against the Afrin offensive. Kurds gather at the Kurdish Cultural Center in order to discuss latest happenings and upcoming news about protests and events. Books, such as the one above, are offered in many languages, to those who visit the Kurdish Cultural Center. These books range from topics about the history of the Kurds, The results of the Sykes-Picot Agreement, Kurdish Language, Kurdish Culture and most common, the complete teachings and writings of Abdullah Ocalan. Photos of “Martyrs for the Kurdish cause” are hung up on every wall of the Kurdish Cultural Center in order to commemorate those who risked their lives for the creation of a Kurdistan. Many photos hung are of women who lost their lives. The YPJ is an acronym whose translation means “Women’s Protection Units.” It is the all-female brigade of the YPG, the armed forces of the Syrian region of Kurdistan, known as Rojava (meaning Western) Kurdistan. The modern map of Kurdistan includes parts of eastern Turkey, northern Syria, northern Iraq and northwestern Iran. The Kurdish populations are recognized in both Iraq and Iran, as the Kurds in northern Iraq have successfully established their own autonomous government (the Kurdistan Regional Government), and the Kurds in Iran primarily inhabit the Iranian province of Kordestan. Friends gather at the Cultural Center to share meals and discuss politics. The Kurdish Cultural Center is a place for young and old generations of the Kurdish Diaspora to gather and exchange information about Kurdish culture and traditions.