04 Julio 2017 15:49
Female Kurdish fighters are public enemy number 1 for ISIS supporters
This sniper from the Kurdish Women’s Protection Units was shooting from behind a window when an ISIS bullet smashed into the wall centimetres from her ear. What did she do? She began to laugh in front of the camera as if someone had just told her the most hilarious joke ever.
The video, which ends with her saying ‘ok enough filming now’, was quick to go viral.
The soldier is taking part in the siege of the city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS since November 2013, and has been part of the daily attacks for weeks now.
The Kurdish Women’s Protection Units in Syria began in 2012 with volunteer fighters like this woman, whose aim was to rid the area of jihadists.
Female Kurds have a strong history of armed struggle: in the eighties, the legendary PKK member Sakine Cansiz planted the seed that, years later, was to grow into this exclusively female and feminist organisation.
The female Kurdish soldiers are feared by ISIS supporters, who believe that if they kill a woman they won’t go to heaven. Hence, these women have had such an active role in the siege of Raqqa.
But not all of ISIS’ enemies dress in army fatigues: other Kurdish women choose to rebel from the rearguard, as is the case of Iraqi Kurdish pop star Helly Luv.