Ferhat Egit is an Arab young man who joined the ranks of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) from the city of Raqqa, Northern Syria.
“I was born in the city of Raqqa. I grew up in Arab society. The society I live in has suffered a lot. All kinds of violence were used by the ruling powers against the Arab community,” he said. He joined the PKK ranks in 2018.
“One of the main reasons I joined was the spirit of friendship I saw among my friends and the responsibility I had to take for my country,” he continues: “When I first joined, I did not know much about the PKK’s approach to the public and the relations between people; But thanks to the training, I understood what the PKK’s purpose was, and on what basis it was organized.”
Ferhat believes that the PKK’s struggle is the struggle of the Middle East and Abdullah Ocalan’s thought and philosophy is based on a democratic nation.
“Now we have Arab, Kurdish, Turkish, German and friends from all nationalities.Therefore, this movement is a movement of democratic nations. There is no difference between nations for us. Anyone who is seeking freedom and is fighting for his homeland joins this movement”
He explains the change in his hometown Raqqa with the following words:
“After the Apoist revolutionaries entered our society, everything changed. Feelings for each other and living together came to the fore. I especially want to call on the youth, come to join the freedom movement. The mountains of Kurdistan are areas of freedom, we will never leave our mountains.”