Şılan transformed women from housewives into struggling women

During her organizational work, Şılan Kobanî left an imprint of struggle on the souls of Aleppo people, and she was one of the first female fighters who contributed to spreading the ideology of the Kurdistan Freedom Movement in the city, and dozens of women who were affected by her work and struggle followed her footsteps.

Maysa Baqi, the nom de guerre "Şılan Kobanî" martyred along with her leading comrades "Zakaria, Juan and Fouad" on November 29, 2004, after a joint conspiracy by proxies of the Syrian and Turkish regimes in the city of Mosul.

Today, 16 years have passed since the martyrdom of the fighter Şêlan and her struggling comrades. On this occasion, Suad Hassen, one of the women who got acquainted with the Kurdistan Freedom Movement in the Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood narrates excerpts from Şılan's struggle to our agency.

How did you know the martyr Şılan Kobanî?

Suad Hassen got acquainted with the struggler Şılan in 1988 in the city of Aleppo, and since that time, prospects for identifying her and the quest for her freedom have opened up before her.

Suad was a housewife who cared for her four children, living in one of the alleys of Al-Mukhabarat (Intelligence) Street in the western section of Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood, and she had no idea about political movements or partisans. The story of getting introduced to the martyr Şılan began via her sister who married from a patriotic family.

Suad says about her acquaintance: "My sister told me that she would bring guests to my house, but I did not realize at the time who the guests were and where they were coming from, the next day, she came with a young woman who was the martyr Şılan later, at that time, she was known as "Saadat." I did not know that she was an activist in the movement, and she started talking to me about the resistance of the comrades in prison.

She added: "Until now, I remember all the details of her words, and for the first time I have heard from her the name of Kurdistan and that the Kurds are persecuted."

She continued: "After the martyr Şılan finished her speech, she asked me about my opinion with her discussion, and I told her "I do not know, but you have moved something inside me," until now I cannot describe that feeling."

I experienced a state of shock and self-conflict, and I asked myself "how a young girl knows the history of Kurdistan and the truth of the Kurdish issue, and we do not know about it at all."

I always wished to establish my own personality like her

Suad believed in the movement and got to know it closely. Later, the martyr Şılan supervised a group of women to read for them the magazine Voice of Kurdistan, the axis of Sakina Cansiz's resistance in the Turkish state prisons, and from this step, she contributed to the organizational work within the neighborhood.

Suad said about those moments: "I was overwhelmed with great happiness, I had a program to work on, and I began to get excited about discussions with my neighbors and relatives. Şılan asked me to hold meetings for the women of the neighborhood."

Regarding the characteristics that distinguished the martyr Şılan, Suad said, "I wanted to be like the martyr Şılan and build my character like her. She had self-confidence and trusted the movement and struggle, so I strived a lot to acquire these qualities from her."

I am Şılan's student and I derived my strength from her

Suad talked about the experience of her organizational work in the neighborhood that she gained from the martyr Şılan, and from PKK approach, saying: "She was the one who made me get to know the leader Abdullah Ocalan and the martyrs, so I always say that I am the student of the martyr Şılan."

Suad continued her organizational work until hundreds of people became acquainted with the ideas of the leader Abdullah Ocalan, and she did not give up performing her duty despite being subject to insults and problems from her family and her husband.

She said: "My will was strong, and their closeness to me did not break me, they even hit me because we do not have women to do this work and to deal with politics. I draw strength from the martyr Şılan and the leader Ocalan."

Regarding the martyrdom of the struggler Şılan Kobanî, Suad indicated: "Until now, I do not understand the idea of the struggler Şılan's martyrdom, and I say that she is still alive."

Suad Hassen sent a message at the end of her speech by saying: "Whoever wants to be free must get acquainted with the ideas of the leader Abdullah Ocalan, and whoever wants to be a person of will must read about the martyr Şılan."

After Rojava Revolution started, Suad Hassen took her place within the revolution more broadly, worked in most of the institutions of Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood and organized them, and is now the Co-chair of the Democratic Society Movement in Aleppo city.



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