Kobane was a city of 45-50,000 people before ISIS emerged. Their population swelled dramatically in recent months as people from near-by towns and villages flocked to it for safety. Then tens of thousands evacuated Kobane as ISIS approached the city.
It's anybody's guess what the current population is. The only thing we know for sure is that if the west doesn't intervene very soon, the population will be considerably less next week than it is today. ISIS stepped up their assault on Kobane yesterday.
|Jacques Brere co-founder of|
Medecins Sans Frontieres
“The war in Syria is horrific – Berès said during a press conference at the headquarters of the magazine La Règle du Jeu in Paris – I’ve seen bodies burned, torn to pieces, with no arms or legs, most of them civilians. My job, in a two-week mission, is inadequate compared to the work required. I couldn’t perform more than 7 or 8 surgical operations per day. But every attack by ISIS jihadist caused dozens of injuries. Every day there are dozens of these attacks. ”
Among the fighters killed or wounded to defend Rojava (Western Kurdistan) from ISIS barbarian hordes, there are young people and many women. “The percentage of women who fight in the ranks of YPG / YPJ (People’s Protection Unit) – tells Berès – is very high. At least 40% of the fighters severly injured that I medicated are women. This is a feature unique to the region. The structures of Kurdish society are secular, women’s role is very important, at the head of every institution there are usually a man and a woman, a view which is in contraddiction with the typical misogyny of this area of the Middle East. This view also clashes with ISIS dogmatic fundamentalism. I was just a kilometer away from the battle front and I have seen women and young fighters repel the assaults of the jihadists with simple rifles and kalashnikov. Fighters are armed with courage, they often come from Turkish Kurdistan to help the resistence in Rojava. But they are equipped only with old Kalashnikovs.
|Poorly equipped Kurdish women fight for their city|
The weapons promised by the west have not reached Kobane
|Apparently tanks shipped by rail from Turkey to IS in Syria|
|Young women and girls will suffer most horribly when Kobane falls but they|
are trapped now; only an airlift can get them out, and no-one is talking about that.
Is it possible that Turkey is happy to see Kurds be killed in fighting and genocide? Is this how Erdogan is dealing with the Kurdish problem in east Turkey? Will he allow the massacre that will follow the fall of Kobane, and then come in and take on ISIS? Or is he, in fact, still supporting ISIS?
It appears another genocidal nightmare is imminent, and it doesn't appear that any western power is prepared to do anything to stop it. Please pray for the City of Kobane, and for the leaders of the coalition countries to rescue the people of Kobane.