World Resistance Day for Rojava. A poem by Séamas Carraher
“To UNICEF, to United Nations to Trump
I am Eva from Rojava, from Kobanî, Afrin, Qamishli,
and all Kurdistan
I am a stolen child I am a forgotten child
I have never held a weapon
I just have a wide heart
(I) send it (to) all the world
will you give me peace..?
Will you give me my childhood?
…And this is my message:
stop this war!”
(Eva from Rojava
to Kurdistan 24 interviewer on
Turkey’s military invasion of Rojava,
October 9th, 2019)
Truly We Live in Dark Times
What kind of times are they, when
A talk about trees is almost a crime
Because it implies silence about so many horrors?
Berthold Brecht (‘To Those Born Later’, 1938)
we live in dark times
when the fate of four million people
by a handful of
when the voices of
another 1,000 million
when under the flag of the butchers
a handful of killers wait
to unleash slaughter on humankind.
Truly we live in dark times
when our world is shaped
with only cunning and greed
and where words
have been hung
by their necks
like drunken louts, from
the twisted mouths of politicians
while the bankers and the businessmen
rub their grubby hands
Truly we live in dark times,
when it rains fire and sharp steel
on small children
who ask you and me
why did you do it?
and worse still
why do you let it be done?
and worst of all
why are you so silent when I am in pain?
Truly we live in dark times.
Now they even light the silence
while the world hides its face
in front of a TV screen.
We live in dark times
for i see now
endless lines of people
fleeing across the face
of our desolate planet
while this handful of
in expensive suits
for another round of applause.
october 23, 2019 – November 2, 2019
Eva from Rojava
“Please, please stop this war!” A young Kurdish child pleads with the world.
Kurdistan 24 – “Fair Use”
— Kurdistan 24 English (@K24English) October 14, 2019
Bertolt Brecht, Poems, Edited by John Willett and Ralph Manheim, 1976
Alternative Online translation of An die Nachgeborenen / To Those Born Later
Picture of President Vladimir Putin (L) meeting with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi, Russia September 17, 2018.
Various sources on social media & (unedited) Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via REUTERS – “Fair Use”
WORLD RESISTANCE DAY, November 2, 2019
“But we will not stand by and witness in silence the massacres that take place in the eyes of the world today. Only a broad and resistant anti-war movement will stop this war. Just as people were pouring worldwide into the streets against the Vietnam War or the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, the conscience of humankind must rise in revolt today in the face of the Turkish barbarism in northern Syria.
On November 1st, 2014, millions of people around the entire world took to the streets for a day to express their solidarity with the heroic resistance of Kobanê. We call for this year’s November 2nd to be a day of global resistance against the Turkish War of Aggression, to break the normal situation and to paralyze life. Participate in creative and diverse actions of civil disobedience, demonstrations, and many more, and take over the streets and public spaces.”
“The peoples of northern and eastern Syria have shown unprecedented resistance to the occupation of Turkey and have sacrificed hundreds of martyrs. To defend their dignity and their country against occupation and IS, they were on their feet day and night. This resistance and the defence of society by the peoples of Rojava still continues. We appeal to all peoples in Northern and Eastern Syria to join in action this day with thousands of people on 2nd November and to make the “International Day of Resistance for Rojava” tremble with the power of freedom and resistance.”