Syrian Kurds have reacted with outrage to a video showing the body of a female Kurdish fighter who was killed in battle during the a Turkish-led offensive. The footage showed a group of Turkey -backed rebels standing over the mutilated body of a female soldier, later identified as Kobani, in the village of Qurna near the Turkish border. The Kurdish community has reacted with fury — accusing the men of mutilating the body themselves and social media users shared a portrait of Kobani smiling next to another shot of her body. She fought to the death. How would they behave if they took control of our neighbourhoods? The Turkish armed forces launched an offensive against the Syrian region of Afrin two weeks ago as part of their bid to help Syrian opposition fighters wrest the area out of the control of the Kurds.
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Knowledge about the early history of Kurdish women is limited by both the dearth of records and the near absence of research. In 16th century , Prince Sharaf ad-Din Bitlisi wrote a book titled Sharafnama , which makes references to the women of the ruling landowning class, and their exclusion from public life and the exercise of state power. It says that the Kurds of the Ottoman Empire, who follow Islamic tradition , took four wives and, if they could afford it, four maids or slave girls. This regime of polygyny was, however, practiced by a minority, which included primarily the members of the ruling landowning class, the nobility, and the religious establishment. Sharaf ad-Din Bitlisi also mentioned three Kurdish women assuming power in Kurdish principalities after the death of their husbands in order to transfer it to their sons upon their adulthood.
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It means that in the end, when Kurds are under attack and facing death, the mountains they retreat to will be the only things to protect them, whatever alliances they may have had before. For many Kurds in Nashville — many of whom came here and prospered after fleeing for their lives — the sudden reversal was nothing short of a betrayal. We knew after they used [the Kurdish forces], after they did their job, they would leave them to face their future without any friends.
Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. While the protests occurred as an immediate response to the shooting by security forces of Kurdish soccer fans engaged in a fight with Arab supporters of a rival team, they were driven by long-simmering Kurdish grievances about discrimination against their community and repression of their political and cultural rights.