Things are changing fast. Kurds in Rojava, north eastern Syria are under attack by Turkey and its ISIS-related allies who have an interest in clearing the Kurds off their homelands, ethnic cleansing at least, genocide at worst.
The international community needs to be mobilised to dissuade Turkey from moving forward with these plans, and it needs to properly engage with Kurds in the area to support them in their struggle for survival. It is very likely that a dark scenario will remain dark.
Steve Sweeney from ‘Morning Star’ and Gaylan Nazhad photographer of ‘101 Beads: Kurdistan in War’ spoke inspiringly about their own experiences of reporting in difficult circumstances. We also heard about the work of Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Hannah James and Grace Petrie added to the theme with their own songs.
This was a very interesting evening – it’s not necessarily the news you hear about … often there is much more information that does not come to mainstream attention to protect private interest and Government agendas.
The evening was supported by Everybody’s Reading Festival, and Leicester NUT – many thanks to them also, and to the Y Theatre.
There have been protests in support of Afrin around the world today. Protest in Leicester City Centre 24 March 2018 – About 100 people gathered at the Leicester Clock Tower, organised by Leicester Kurdish Solidarity Campaign and local Kurds.