Both spouses and comrades: Rîm and Xebat dream of a world without war
Rîm Cewher is a member of the Asayish forces while her husband is a member of the SDF. Emphasizing that they are both spouses and comrades, Rîm Cewher and Xebat Zirganê dream of a world without war for children.
Hasakah- Rîm Cewher and Xebat Zirganê, who live in the Zirgan (Abu Rasin) town of Hasakah, are married and have a daughter and Rîm Cewher is now pregnant. If they have a daughter, her name will be Jiyan, if they have a son, his name will be Berxwedan. While Rîm Cewher is a member of the Asayish forces, Xebat Zirganê is a fighter of the SDF.
“I joined the Asayish forces to protect my country”
Rîm Cewher has been a member of the Asayish forces for six years. “I joined the Asayish forces to protect my people, lands and country. After deciding to join the Asayish forces, I shared my decision with my husband and he supported me since he is a fighter of the SDF. I have been a member of the Asayish forces for about six years,” she told us.
“Our life is full of war and struggle”
The daughter of Rîm Cewher is now four years old. “During the bombardment, my daughter is scared. There is no difference between my daughter and other children for me. My mother takes care of my daughter when I work. I miss my daughter but I can see her whenever I miss her. Our country is more important than our children and families. We should protect our country for our children and families. Our life is full of war and struggle.”
She keeps working although she is pregnant
“We are both fighters so we understand each other better. We are both aware of the importance of protecting our people,” Rîm Cewher said that her husband is also her comrade. She also spoke about her pregnancy and said, “If we have a daughter, we will name her Jiyan (Life). If we have a son, we will name him Berxwedan (Resistance). We resist here for the children in our country. My pregnancy does not prevent me from performing my duty. We are here to protect our lands.”
Her husband is a fighter of SDF
Rîm Cewher’s husband Xebat Zirganê is a fighter of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). He thinks that his wife is also one of his comrades. “She knows very well how to protect herself. After each bombardment, we call each other. When I have an opportunity, I go to see her and her comrades. We are both spouses and comrades. We should not prevent women from participating in the military,” Xebat Zirganê told us.
“We will not allow”
Speaking about the ongoing Turkish attacks, Xebat Zirganê said, “The Turkish state aims to revive the Ottoman Empire. It wants to occupy the region and perpetuate its presence in the region. But we will not allow it. The rights violations committed by Turkey in Serêkaniyê are known by everyone. We will do our best for our children to live in a world without war.”