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Our friend Gulis­tan Sido sent us this mes­sage from Roja­va along with the press release she signed also. At her request we share this in all urgency and invite you to relay it as wide­ly as you can through your own networks.

Sev­er­al Kur­dish aca­d­e­mics, writ­ers and pub­lic fig­ures have issued a state­ment on behalf of the thou­sands of Kurds still in Afrin and the hun­dreds of thou­sands forcibly dis­placed in the camps.

Here is the press release:

Afrin to the world:

The occu­pa­tion of Afrin has entered its third year with no clear-cut hori­zon to the end of the cat­a­stro­phy or date for the return of the native pop­u­la­tion in their homes.

Hun­dreds of thou­sands of per­sons forcibly dis­placed are still scat­tered across dis­placed peo­ple’s camps, vil­lages and the towns of Al-Shah­ba, Alep and oth­er Syr­i­an dis­tricts and restric­tions con­tin­ue on those fam­i­lies remain­ing in Afrin. Con­sid­er­ing that the ques­tion of Afrin deter­mines the fate of all Kurds in their cur­rent sit­u­a­tion and their future, and that it is an inte­gral part of the Kur­dish ques­tion in the Syr­i­an solu­tion process,

We strong­ly asso­ciate with the appeal of the FDS that the polit­i­cal forces join ranks, beyond atti­tudes of cour­tesy and bless­ings, and take on full respon­si­bil­i­ty before the Kur­dish soci­ety.

The fee­ble voic­es of our fam­i­lies in Afrin tell us they have become hostages in their homes and vil­lages and they call on what is left of human con­science in order to save life in its most basic form.

A geno­cide is under­way and a end to exis­tence, for every form of vio­la­tion and aggres­sion is prac­ticed against them, such as mur­ders, kid­nap­pings, forced arrests and demands for ran­soms, and no one can tell how many head­quar­ters there are charged with secu­ri­ty, how many spe­cial deten­tion cen­ters, nor what goes on there, while a num­ber of vio­la­tions and their symp­toms are cov­ered up.

Today, the native peo­ple of Afrin can no longer allow them­selves to walk in the streets or to stay at home, since occu­pa­tions with the expul­sion of own­ers are car­ried out con­stant­ly.

Today, it is demand­ed of all Kur­dish polit­i­cal and intel­lec­tu­al forces, of all edu­cat­ed cadres with dif­fer­ent intel­lec­tu­al ori­en­ta­tions to take up a firm posi­tion and to leave the cir­cle of the­o­ret­i­cal dis­cus­sions in order to answer before the peo­ple inside Afrin and in the camps and dis­place­ment zones, to the direct ques­tion of the fate of the peo­ple of Afrin, and to find means to put an end to the occu­pa­tion and to the vio­la­tions against them. This is their essen­tial mis­sion inso­far as they con­sid­er them­selves rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Kur­dish ques­tion, and no form of com­pro­mise or jus­ti­fi­ca­tion to fur­ther pro­cras­ti­na­tion will be accepted.

Sig­na­torees to this com­mu­nique demand that the ques­tion of Afrin and of the oth­er occu­pied zones be con­sid­ered an absolute pri­or­i­ty and that a clear work plan and road map be for­mu­lat­ed to end the Turk­ish occu­pa­tion, insure the dig­ni­fied return of peo­ple forcibly dis­placed, clar­i­fy the fate of the thou­sands who have dis­ap­peared, work for the lib­er­a­tion of the detainees, bring to jus­tice the authors of vio­la­tions and offer equi­table ind­em­niza­tions to the vic­tims’ families.”

Translation by Renée Lucie Bourges –
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