YPJ include fighters from all components of northeast Syria. Young women join their ranks to struggle against occupation and male mentality.
Yazidi fighter Khwenda Sharzan is a young woman that found a way to defend their presence within the ranks of YPJ, Khwenda says she defends her values and culture that are under constant attack.
From Mardin to Afrin march of displacement
The Ottomans first, then ISIS, and now the Turkish state ′
′ On the massacres against the Yazidi community, Sharzan says, "Although many massacres were committed against the Yazidi community to eliminate its culture, they failed. We were able to preserve our culture."
The Ottomans wanted to exterminate the Yazidis, and the Turkish state-supported ISIS killed thousands of Yazidis especially the women. Our people went to the mountains to preserve their existence and culture.
Afrin, which was housing thousands of displaced was targeted with the same brutality. The Ottomans, ISIS later, and the Turkish occupation are launching their attacks against us now with the same mentality to undermine the Yazidi community and the components and peoples of the region. To block the way to the occupation and prevent it from reaching its ends, I will fight to the end. "
'Make way for the occupation to commit more massacres ′
On the YPJ's resistence and struggle on the fronts of Ain Issa, she says, “The massacres committed by the Ottomans against our people will not be repeated, I will fight to the end in Ain Issa. We will not allow the occupiers to commit more massacres against our people.
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