After the president of the United States pulled back his troops from the border between northeast Syria and Turkey, the long threatened invasion of Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) started on october 9th.
The situation since is a humanitarian desaster and the policies for an attempt at ethnic cleansing by the Turkish regime and their jihadist militias against Kurdis in Rojava are no secret. Violation of international law and human rights, bombing of hospitals, use of chemical weapons etc. is happening and the whole world is watching. The response from international authorities has been very restrained and almost non-apparent for those most affected by this invasion. After international NGOs withdraw from NES, the situation worsened and the kurdish self-administration is appealing for urgend humanitarian aid. Around 300 000 civilians have been displaced (70 000 of them are children) and are living in camps, schools, public buildings etc. with an immense lack of medical aid, clean water and food.
For many of us Rojava stands as a symbol for revolution, freedom and a life beyond capitalism and exploitation. Behind the frontlines an alternative society project is still under way, aiming to build a free society following the ideas of democratic confederalism in which the liberation of women, gender equality, ecology and an alternative social, political and economic system plays a central role. All this is being realized in a very unique way – and in the middle of a civil war.