Internationalist Commune of Rojava pays tribute to guerrilla Sara Dorşîn

The Internationalist Commune of Rojava paid tribute to guerrilla Sara Dorşîn who fell as a martyr on 7 April 2019.

The Internationalist Commune of Rojava paid tribute to Sara Dorşîn (Sarah Almuth Handelmann) who fell as a martyr on 7 April 2019.

In a statement, the Commune said: "With love, promise, and unwavering determination, we honor her memory and vow to carry on the fight for a democratic Middle East and a liberated world.2

Sehid Sara's story began in 1985 in Germany, where, said the Commune, “she felt capitalism's hostility towards youth. This sparked her quest for something more, something different.

Embracing socialist ideals, Heval Sara found herself in the Kurdish Freedom Struggle. The struggle of the Kurds resonated deeply with her, as she saw it as the struggle for humanity."

The statement continued: "In 2017, driven by her convictions, Heval Sara made the courageous decision to journey to the Kurdistan mountains to join the Freedom Movement, guided by the vision of Abdullah Öcalan of a free life."

The statement added: "In the life of a free guerrilla in the vast Kurdish mountains, Comrade Sara adapted swiftly. She delved deeper into Öcalan's ideology, particularly his vision of women's liberation in the ranks of YJA Star (Free Women's Units).

Comrade Sara's journey embodies strength, solidarity, and the relentless pursuit of a socialist world. From Germany to the Kurdish mountains, her story inspires us to challenge oppression and strive for a Revolutionary Life."

In 2022, Internationalists working with the Women Defend Rojava campaign published a video and song commemorating the life and resistance of YJA-Star guerrilla Sara. 

Sarah Almuth Handelmann was born in Germany on 25 November 1985 and grew up in a small village in East Germany. After school, she studied literature for three years in Tübingen, where she got to know radical left-wing ideas and felt part of the anarchist movement. She then studied at the film school in Berlin and later worked as a camerawoman. She got to know the Kurdish movement while shooting the film Xwebûn 2016 in Amed in North Kurdistan and was touched and inspired by the resistance of the women and the entire population. As a feminist, it was above all the strong organization of women that gave her hope for her own perspective.