Freedom poems for Öcalan

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign has published a book of poems to mark Öcalan's 70th birthday.

"Writing poetry, in a way, is a quest for freedom", Abdullah Öcalan had written once. So Peace in Kurdistan Campaign has decided to celebrated the Kurdish people's leader with a collection of poems. 

"The poems collected in this volume are presented to Abdullah Öcalan on his 70th birthday on 4 April 2019", said in a statement Peace in Kurdistan.

"They are each a gesture of solidarity and token of friendship for Öcalan himself and for the Kurdish people from whom he is inseparable.

Each poem is an expression of admiration for the spirit of the Kurds, inspired by their resilience, resistance and belief in the joy of life." 

The remarkable awakening of the consciousness and political activism of the Kurdish people in recent years, added the statement "has been engendered by the remarkable leadership and writings of Abdullah Öcalan. Despite enduring decades of incarceration removed entirely from the world, his people and denied all human contacts, Ocalan still communicates through his words and as a living example of the essential strength of the Kurdish spirit. He will not and cannot be silenced."

The immediate context for the publication of this book, added the statement, “is the mass hunger strike waged by Kurds within Turkey and the diaspora for the freedom of Ocalan. There is also, at the time of going to press, the mounting political crisis within Turkey reflected in the dramatic collapse in support for Erdogan's party, the AKP, in the recent elections. That poll result is a welcome sign that change is on its way and it is about time too."

But this volume, ended the press release "looks forward to a time when Abdullah Ocalan himself will be able to read the poems contained in its pages at leisure and in freedom. That will be an important milestone in the liberation of the Kurds as a whole and only then will our task have been achieved.

We hope these poems will move you and inspire you into taking action in support of the Kurdish people."

The book can be found here