Since my last travel post in 2013, I settled down to some degree. Global social and political issues that I had learned whilst travelling shook me so hard that to live happily but aimlessly wasn't fulfilling anymore. After I met the Syrians at the end of the year, my life was changed forever.
To cut things short, I became very politically active using direct action to help change lives. After spending the majority of the last two years living in Sweden, one of the most important trips I made during that time was in Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan where I visited the refugee camps along the border of Syria to interview and photograph the people there (I will blog about those trips at some point soon).
A few weeks ago I was invited by a friend of mine to join her to Rojava for two weeks, to report on the revolution. I accepted immediately.
From the first day I arrived I was completely in love with the place, the people, and the revolution that is so strong and real. The Kurds have fought for so long for their freedom that they have now perfected an ideology that actually works as an alternative to the capitalist system which is so engrained in the whole world's lives and minds. It takes lessons learned from the past, from all of history's systems and power structures, and has transformed a complex ideology into a working solution for freedom which is simplified by morals and love for all.
This people's revolution is far beyond any activists/ humanitarians/ revolutionary's dream. It is far beyond any persons dream of what life is and means. The women's revolution stands elevated to a level that is beyond any feminist theory. It encompasses solutions for the empowerment of women; it surpasses feminist comparisons to men because a comparison creates an obstacle not a solution.
The war is a side issue to the revolution; it is a hinderance but not a block. The different groups of fighters are working in unison to protect their people's revolution from the evils of ISIS. The embargo on Rojava is a hinderance but not a block. Turkey is forcing Iraqi Kurdistan to blockade medicine, produce, and people of any kind from crossing to and from Rojava. The EU have paid billions of Euros to Turkey to stop refugees crossing the border, which is then used to support and trade with ISIS, as well as oppress the Kurdish revolution in Turkey and to murder thousands of innocent people who are their own citizens. I implore people of the world to stand in solidarity with the Kurdish struggle. Not only is it a fight against the power stuctures of the world, it also provides a solution for all people of the world. You can be more free than you imagine is possible. Any chains you feel can be broken.
Since my first day here, I have met countless organisations, women, men, children, ideologists, teachers, medical staff, volunteers, fighters, and all. Everybody here is filled with absolute joy at the realisation that people from the outside want to support their revolution. I have learned that here I have the opportunity to realise my dreams of contributing to society in a real and direct way. I have been given the chance to join projects or to create any from my own ideas - to have complete autonomy with my work that is guaranteed hard work but also success. This is a chance that I would never have gotten in any other way – no matter what organisation I would work for with a degree in political science, one is always working within a system that goes against the very nature of changing lives for the better. Here is different. The revolution provides this chance. This chance is bigger than my dream. This revolution is bigger than any dream.
So, after less than two weeks here, I made the decision to stay. I do not know for how long; I am now living day by day and thankful for every one. I will put no timelines or obstacles in front of my decisions because I feel this is the place I am supposed to be. I want Rojava to succeed and realise all its glory, and to pass on the wealth of information and hope to the rest of the world that we so clearly need and desire.
I have interviews to report on, of which I will write here in English. Everybody is welcome to share everything I post publicly.