'The Rojava Revolution is also the revolution of the Armenians'

The Rojava Revolution has left its 8th year behind. Those who live in the region and witness the revolution say that they were reborn on 19 July.

One of the witnesses of the Rojava Revolution since the beginning is Şexmus Ehmed Fetah, an Armenian living in Dirbêsiyê.

Fetah, also known as Bavê Zana in the region where he lives, is originally from Bitlis in North Kurdistan. Fetah's family was forced to emigrate to the Rojava region to flee massacre during the 1915 Armenian Genocide.

Fetah said that he participated in the revolution with his children and family and added: “We joined the revolution since the beginning. We found ourselves in this revolution. This is our revolution, the revolution towards freedom. This revolution is not the revolution of one people, but of all the oppressed people. As Armenians, we saw it as our own revolution. When the revolution started, we saw that this was the revolution of all peoples and beliefs: Kurds, Armenians, Assyrians, Yazidi, Arabs and Alevi. So it belongs to all the peoples living in this region. If it had been a revolution involving only one people, maybe we would not get involved. We owe this revolution, which embraces all peoples.”

Describing the Rojava Revolution as "the historical revenge of the Armenians", Fetah said: "The Rojava Revolution is my family's and our history's revenge. It marks a new century for us. It was as if we entered a new world with this revolution.”

Commemorating the thousands of martyrs that sacrificed their lives for this cause, Fetah said that they owe it to the martyrs to protect the gains of the revolution.

Reminding that the Turkish state has plundered and destroyed all the religious sites in the region, Fetah added: “The occupying Turkish state burned down the Armenian settlements in Serêkaniyê and Til Temir. Some Armenian women were kidnapped and their families were asked to pay a ransom. They were killed by mercenaries saying 'Allah-u Akbar'. These mercenaries deceived many people under the name of religion. The Turkish state was let groups such as ISIS and al Nusra to enter this region every day. Erdogan is representing ISIS; he is the sultan himself. If this revolution is crashed, we'll all be crashed.”

Şexmus Ehmed reminded the SIHA attacks against Dirbêsiyê on 16 July 2020 and said: “The people are afraid to go out on the streets. They [Turkey] want to empty the city by targeting civilians. They want to confuse the people using the differences of faith, trying to put Muslims against Christians. All this comes from the history of the Ottomans. They carried out dozens of massacres.”

Addressing the Armenian people, Şexmus Ehmed Fetah said: “Know who you are and be with each other. See yourself as the owners of this revolution. Those who are far from this revolution are far from Armenia. Because this revolution is our revenge."