[Women’s Voices ] “As Arabic women from Serekaniye we had struggled. Suddenly threats fell on us.”
My name is Rukeyel Cevad, Kongra Star Spokeswoman from Minecîr, Serekaniye.. I will speak about our situation as refugees. We were living a peaceful way of life. As Arabic women, we started our movement with great steps, and we raised women’s empowerment. Suddenly the Turkish threat fell on us, but we were strong and did not surrender. Then Erdogan sent his gangs to our city, and attacked with planes. They bombed the city first, and we didn’t run, we didn’t leave our villages until they were arriving in the villages. Because of the bombs, we ran in just the clothes we stood up in, bringing the small child. The Autonomous Administration found us places to stay, in camps and in schools, but our children’s education was cut, farmers had to leave their crops, teachers leave their work. The offices and the municipality, we left everything, we had to leave. And now what is our situation? In these camps and schools, in the cold. There’s three families living in one room. It’s a bad situation. We want to return to our homes. We call on the United Nations, Human Rights Organisations, international powers, and every person with a conscience, to help us to return to our own place. We won’t surrender, we want to return, and we will rescue our land from Erdogan’s clutches.