The resistance diaries by the Internationalist Commune of Rojava of the convoy to Afrin.
Originally published by the Internationalist Commune of Rojava.
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Internationalist Commune Rojava: Suffering a war – Martyrs and refugees Defend Afrin, Resistance Diaries
Day 1: 21/02
We decided to join the solidarity convoy to Afrin. We started our travel in the city of Qamishlo. 38 buses left the city on the 21th of february. The buses were full of moral and happiness. We were singing and dancing all the way. We reached the city of Kobane around 6pm and we passed the night with a family in the city. The aim of the convoy is show the solidarity with the resistance of the people of Afrin. And also our aim, as international commune, is inform about the situation of Afrin and show the solidarity of the internationalist in north of Syria. While Turkey and the rest of the world expects the people to leave we instead decided to come and join the resistance as civilians.
Day 2 22/02
We passed the night with a family of Kobane. They shared everything with us. Early in the morning we continued our way to Afrin and some people from Kobane also join the convoy, we were almost 50 buses. We crossed the check point of the syrian regimen after several hours. In the night, when we were in the region of Afrin, we started to hear the bombing. The bombs were more and more close and at some point the convoy stopped in the middle of the road and turned off the lights. We were waiting in a line attached to the wall. Turkey started to bomb us directly and all the people started to run away. Some people were injured. We got splitted off around a village. Some people could reach the city center of Afrin, that was 10 km far away from where the convoy was stopped, other people couldn’t reach the city and passed the night in a house of villagers, that showed their solidarity in that difficult situation.
Day 3 23/02
The convoy was attacked by the turkish army and we had to split in different groups looking for shelter. During the night some people was able to reach a car and go to the city of Afrin, especially the groups with injured people. Other groups stayed with families in the villages, waiting for the bombs to stop falling from the sky. In the morning, we met together in the place the people of Afrin prepared for us, and we make together a resistance march in the city. Later we met our friend Xelil, another member of the Internationalist Commune of Rojava who was working with us building the internationalist academy. He tells to us his experiences in Afrin in a long interview that we will try to publish soon. But with so many things happening is really difficult to record, translate, edit and publish the videos we are doing, especially when the Internet connexion in Afrin its almost not existing since the beginning of the war, because it was mostly provided by Turkey.
Day 4 24/02
In the morning we join a big demonstration organized together with the people in Afrin. This is a very important part of the resistance, bringing the people together and showing determination to resist. We interview different women from different ages involved in the campaign ‘women rise up for Afrin’. After the demonstration, we talk with local journalists that are interested in our story and want to interview us. We tell them we are not important, what really matters are the stories of the people who is there everyday, resisting under the bombs. But as we are interested in what they have to say, they are interested in what we have to say, and we discuss with them about the situation of internationals. In the night we also record in the tents were the convoy is staying, and we interview everyone who wants to speak to the camera.
Day 5 25/02
We wake up in the camp that the people of Efrin prepared for the convoy, after a long night with bombs falling almost all the time. Some bodies of fighters who died by the attacks of the turkish army arrived at the city, and we go to the funeral march from the hospital to the cementary. Later we attend a meeting of the refugees council in the neighborhood of Esrefie, were the local commune is organizing new places for the families arriving from different villages of the Efrin Canton. The refugees tell us their stories, there are people from all around Syria. After leaving their own cities and villages trying to escape from the wars of Kobane, Aleppo Manbij or Raqqa, they found shelter in Efrin. Now the war reached their houses again, and they came to the city fleeing from the turkish bombs.
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