Peace Mothers from Maxmur: Day 8 of resistance

The Peace Mothers from Maxmur are on day 8 of their sit-in against the embargo imposed on the camp and are both resisting and spending time making handicrafts.

The Peace Mothers from Martyr Rüstem Cudi (Maxmur) Camp have been organising a sit-in in front of the KDP public security forces demanding the end of the embargo imposed on the camp. 

After the murder of Osman Köse, the head of MIT on 17 July in Hewlêr, the administration of Başûrê Kurdistan imposed an embargo on Martyr Rüstem Cudi (Maxmur) Refugees Camp.

The people living in the refugees camp started to face serious problems especially as to receiving proper health treatment should they need to go out of the Camp when the Camp hospital has no sufficient means to treat patients.

Many attempts have been made to lift the embargo on the camp. Camp residents and executive have not been able to learn the real reasons for the embargo. So far, however, all attempts have failed.

Eight days ago, a group of mothers from the camp wanted to go to Hewlêr to meet with the KDP and various institutions to find out the reasons for the embargo.

The mothers were stopped by the KDP public security forces and prevented from going any further or meet any of the KDP officials. The mothers therefore decided to hold a sit-in in front of the publis security offices.

Today is the 8th day of the action.

Everyone is paying the price of this embargo

The Peace Mothers from Martyr Rüstem Cudi Refugee Camp said they would not end their protest peaceful action until the embargo is lifted. In the meantime, they spend the days knitting winter cloths and socks for they children and grandchildren. Others are making ashtrays with plaster.

One of these mothers is Mahbup Kara. She was living in the village of Hilal in Sirnak before being forced to leave her house. 

Mahbup Kara's son and a brother were in the Kurdish Freedom Movement, and were martyred. One of her sons was martyred in 1997 as a result of a KDP attack, when he was in the Nineveh camp.

Mahbup Kara is knitting socks for her grandchildren as winter nears.

Hacer Kara is also from Hilal Village. She is the mother of 8 children. She has also lived in Maxmur camp since its establishment. A son is fighting in the guerrilla. She too is spending time during the sit-in knitting socks and jumpers.

Another mother is making ashtrays to earn some money and take care of their children. Behiyecan Yuksel has been living in Maxmur since she was forced to leave the village of Kadinê.

Behiyecan Yuksel has a son in prison in Turkey and another son was a guerrilla in the Kurdish Freedom Movement and had fallen a martyr.

We will break the embargo with our resistance

The Peace Mothers from Martyr Rüstem Cudi Refugee Camp are determined to continue their action until the embargo is lifted.