Mother Oweish Safouk, born in 1935, of Arab descent, married a Kurd from the village of Merka Mira located in Koçerat region and settled in the village. She gave birth to 4 young women and two young men after the death of her husband in 1979. Mother Oweish became a mother and father for her 6 children, and enjoyed benign traits that made her a school of patience, courage and strength. On this principle, she raised her children until they became young.
In 1984, the Mother's children learned about the Kurdistan Liberation Movement while they were in the city of Derik in order to complete their studies in the preparatory stage, and in this way the Mother's family recognized the movement.
Initially, Mother Oweish was unhappy with her children joining and working within the movement's organizational activity, and like other mothers, she encouraged her children to complete the study, along with her fear of their joining the movement and move towards the mountains.
She made her home a meeting place for strugglers
In 1986, for the first time, a number of activists of the movement visited the home of Mother Oweish, then she got to know them closely, changed her opinion about the movement, and made her home a place for it. Then, groups of strugglers used to go daily to the Mother Oweish's house in order to receive the intellectual training, and in this way thousands of young men and women from all parts of Kurdistan have had intellectual and organizational training at the Mother's house.
In 1988, the strugglers began heading to the mountains of Kurdistan. Here, Mother Oweish insisted that her house be divided into sections designated for strugglers. She allocated a sheep feed depot as a room for movement's weapons, and allocated a room for medicines and first aid to treat the wounded who were sent to Rojava for the purpose of treatment.
She was attacked by the Syrian government
As a result of her struggling and heroic work, Mother's Oweish house was subjected several times to raids by the Syrian government. However, every time she stood boldly and forcefully in front of their members and prevented them from entering under the pretext that her daughters were alone in the house. In this way, she saved the lives of dozens of fighters.
Mother Oweish's mission did not end here, as in the period of the strugglers preparing themselves to go to the mountains, she was guarding the entire village, and her house in particular to ensure their safety from the arrests of the Syrian government.
In 1990, Mother Oweish's younger daughter "Janda Temmy" decided to join the Kurdistan Liberation Movement after receiving training at the "Martyr Agîd Qorqmaz" Academy in Lebanon.
Janda returned to Rojava with a group of comrades by the decision of the leader Abdullah Ocalan to go later to the mountains of Kurdistan to say goodbye to her mother and to stay at home for several days until the transit path to the mountains would be secured. In the meantime, Mother Oweish sewed a uniform for her daughter with her hands to wear it going to the mountains of Kurdistan.
In one of the clashes of the Guerrilla Forces with the Turkish occupation army in 1995, Janda rose to the rank of martyrdom.
Upon the announcement of Janda's martyrdom, and despite the regime's pressures, Mother Oweish set up a condolence tent for her daughter with another martyr from Koçerat region in front of her house to prove once again her courage.
Mother Oweish .. One of the first Arab women to meet the leader Ocalan
On August 15, 1991, Mother Oweish decided to go to Lebanon with her son to meet the leader Abdullah Ocalan, then she was the first Arab woman to meet the leader.
Her meeting with the leader increased her insistence on continuing the struggle and providing everything possible for the movement.
On this basis, Mother Oweish continued her struggle without being tired until she suffered heart attacks several times and her vocal cords were cut, she was unable to speak and move, she struggled and resisted her illness until she passed away on June 29, 2020, and was buried in the Merka Mira village of Koçerat region.
We will continue my mother's trail
Our agency, Hawar, met the children of Mother Oweish, and they talked about her struggle, as her daughter Jamila Temmy said, "My mother's love for the homeland increased her patriotic spirit. She made the whole family be related to the thought and philosophy of the leader Ocalan, and she was the source of strength for all members of the family. Despite the pressures and difficulties that the family was subjected to by the Baathist regime, my mother did not stop her struggle, rather, she increased her insistence."
Jamila confirmed that they will continue the path of their mother who devoted her life to serving the Kurdistan Liberation Movement.
While her son Muhammad Zaki Temmy said, "My mother was an example of the struggling and sacrificing mother for her country and for the protection of her children. After she got to know the Kurdistan Liberation Movement, she solidified her life for this movement, and thanks to her, thousands of young men joined the movement."
Muhammad Zaki added: "My mother was treating every fighter as her son, and the martyrdom of many of the strugglers she met had a great impact on her, including the martyr Mohiuddin, Ahmed and Zinar who were martyred at the border while they were going to the mountains of Kurdistan, the martyr Hashem in addition to the martyrdom of Janda and other martyrs."
Mother Oweish's will
After her struggle and continuous work among the strugglers and the people, devoting her life to the thought of the leader Ocalan, Mother Oweish recommended that she be buried in the shrine of the martyrs and she said, "My will is to be buried in the shrine of the martyrs. I served among the strugglers and I wish to die within them."