Teachers in Dirbesiyê: Education is one of the victims of war

Teachers in Dirbesiyê said that students are among the victims of the Turkish occupation attacks against Rojava and that the occupation was an obstacle to education.

Hundreds of thousands of people were forced to leave their homes because of the Turkish state invasion attacks against Northern and Eastern Syria.

The children of Rojava are those who suffered the most in the occupation attacks as they are also deprived of their right to education.

Ibtisa Sexmuseum Biro is a primary school teacher in Cemile primary school. She said that in Dirbesiyê people and children are scared because this is a city close to the border with Turkey. "For about 15 days, we are located as teachers in our schools, and we're doing the cleaning of our school. We want to pick things up from where they were left. We want to continue teaching our students. I call on our people, everything is back to normal here, let everyone go back to normal and send their children to school."

Mesud Eli works as an English teacher in Cemile primary school in Dirbesiyê.

Reminding that it was not the first time that Erdoğan and his mercenaries attacked on Rojava, Eli said: "We went to Serêkaniyê the day Turkey attacked there. When we returned to Dirbesiyê there was an explosion."

The attacks, reminded Eli "were intense for the first few days. They fired gunshots to the homes of the civilian people and people lived in fear. Today, fear and haste are no longer there. We know that the SDF are having talks with some forces in search of a solution. I call on everyone to return to their lands and send their children to school. Resistance isn't just about holding a weapon on the front line, it's also about protecting the land and continuing with our work."

Rodi Fawaz Kerem, who migrated from Kobanê to Dirbesiyê because of the war, was also attacked by Erdoğan and his mercenaries. Rodi Fawaz Kerem called on his friends to return to the schools.

"I call on teachers and I want the world to hear my voice," said teacher Sumeyya Abdulqadir Xelil.

"This city is our city, these children are our children, this school is our school. As Kurdish peoples, we live together and share a common life in unity."

Xelil said: Our children defend their land and dignity in the front line. As educators, we are here facing the invaders with our books, notebooks and pens and we will continue to educate our children. We are not afraid of the invaders, let everyone know that we will succeed."