11/10/2014 - 00:00
In memory of Arin Mirkan…

11th October 2014

"A group of fighters were positioned in the wreckage of building flattened by bombardments... They would say their goodbyes at the beginning of each attack... It was the last moments of their lives and they said many goodbyes. They would drink the rotten water they had with them. They would drink each drop as if it was their last. They never had the weapons to fight against or halt the progress of the tanks.

But they were the fighters of freedom, land and humanity.

The tanks were coming at them after a heavy bombardment. Their position was flattened and the tanks rolled straight over their bodies.

However, the army that had tanks was still defeated. Because the place of the fighters were filled by fighters only a few metres behind them who were waiting in an ambush. They stepped in front of the tanks and halted the progress of the bloodsucking Nazis."

This is how Vasily Grossman described the last moments of a group of fighters who fought an unprecedented resistance against Nazi fascism and altered the course of the war in his book titled 'Life and Fate'.

Grossman followed that war as a journalist. He wrote the story of the resisting people but his book was not published by the Soviet administration of the time. It was only in 1984, 30 years after Grossman's death, that Millions of people were abel to find out what actually happened in Stalingrad.

80 years have passed over this historical resistance.

And now, the memory of the Stalingrad resistance is once again being revived by the Kobane resistance...

The Kurdish town of Kobane is now surrounded by an even bigger threat to humanity than the Nazis — ISIS. These two great resistances of history carry many differences. However, the inhumanity of the aggressors and the spirit and value of the legendary resistance in opposition to this carried out on behalf of humanity in both cases are the same.

The Nazi tanks in Stalingrad rolled over many of the bodies of the fighters. The evil army of the time that possessed all the latest technology in weaponry killed the fighters fighting for freedom and humanity, but did not win.

The people of Kobane are writing a similar history. They are doing this by sacrificing their lives. They are contributing new values to the history of humanity...

Arin Mirkan was one of them.

Arin, born in the village of Mirkan near Afrin, was 22 years old. She grew up in a patriotic family in the most western city of Rovaja. Her family were active in the Kurdistan Freedom Movement led by the PKK and their children were brought up accordingly. She actively joined the struggle at a very young age. When the Rojava Revolution started Arin, along with three of her brothers, said their goodbyes to their family and friends and joined the ranks of the revolution.

All of her brothers are today fighting on different fronts of the Rojava Revolution.

Arin's friends describe her as 'unbelievably devoted, self-sacrificing, cheerful, hard working and a leader'.

Arin was a platoon commander of the YPJ — the Women's Defence Units which was established at the beginning of the revolution — at Mishtenur hill in Kobane. When the ISIS thugs surrounded the hill, Arin and her comrades were battling on the front line. When the ISIS thugs were closing in on the hill aided by advanced weaponry, Arin ordered her comrades to pull back a little.

Arin Mirkan must have read the Stalingrad resistance, as she never waited for the tanks to roll over her body. She ran towards the enemies of humanity and detonated the bombs that she planted around her body. She once again showed the whole world the dedication of women to the struggle for humanity and honour. She immortalised herself by sacrificing herself for her friends, her cause, her country and humanity.

After Arin Mirkan's sacrifice, her female comrades published a statement in which they declared that "the resisting Kurdish women have not said their final word yet". Arin Mirkan represents the spirit of the thousands of fighters — men and women — of Rojava and Kobane.

Since the attacks that began on the 15th of September, many men and women have been martyred. 15 fighters resisted against ISIS while they were attacking a village with 200 civilians; after the civilians were evacuated from the village, all 15 fighters were martyred.

One day, someone like Vasily Grossman will write the story of Kobane and Arin Mirkan, and humanity will remember their contributions a thousand years later.

And Kobane will win, because there are thousands of Arin Mirkan's living there, and will always live there.

The important thing at this point in history is what we — those living outside of Kobane, but whose hearts and minds are in Kobane — do for this holy struggle for humanity...

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