Give me Freedom for Kurdistan, Not Another No-fly Zone!

I want to live in a world where we no longer need no-fly zones across Kurdistan.

I want to live in a world where there is no north, south, east, and west, but one Kurdistan- united by an ever evolving idea of freedom that redefines the limits of co-existence; and where there are no ‘good Kurds’ or ‘bad Kurds’, but simply ‘free Kurds’.

I want to live in a world where we no longer seek refuge from terrorist states by seeking support in the arms of hegemonic, imperialist states– the founding fathers of war policies and terror- just so we can survive another second, another day.

I want to live in a world where the youth of my generation, the future of my people are not forced to choose a life in the mountains or frontlines because they are terrorized into impossible realities.

I want to live in a world where the oppressed and the silenced come to realize that the solution for our liberation had always been within us- in the faded, cracked hands of the laborer, in the red blood that still runs in the veins of the guerrillas, in the poetry of the collective will unbending, unwavering despite the ravages of bombs and genocides- never in beseeching the oppressors and the imperialists- the creators of our state of existence, the orchestrators of our oppression.

I want to live in a world where my people are not cannon fodder for the safety that the privileged enjoy, while being fetishized- infantilized into entreating the world to notice their existence, their humanity, their sacrifices and immense bravery.

A child of yesterday’s no-fly zone, I want to live in a world where our future children aren’t forced to implore a callous, silent world to provide them with another no-fly zone.

Give me freedom for Kurdistan, not another no-fly zone!

Dr. Hawzhin Azeez

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