Ronahî Azad, a young medical worker from Cataluna, has been working in a hospital from the Northern and Eastern Syria region for several months now.
Although he enjoys his work, he explained how the coronavirus pandemic and the attacks by the Turkish state have detrimentally affected people in Rojava: “There is a continuous war here, a biological one, a military one. It never stops”.
He noted that involvement in the struggle defines the level of internationalism that takes place: “People do not necessarily have to come here to participate in internationalist mobilization and solidarity”.
Ronahî Azad is one of several volunteers who have chosen to support the political process in Northern and Eastern Syria by travelling and working there. In Qamişlo, Til Temir and Kobane, several volunteers work with the Kurdish Red Crescent (Heyva Sora Kurd) or the local hospitals and health committees, in times of war and peace. Heyva Sor is a humanitarian non-profit organisation and charity which operates in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. It operates in war and disaster zones to bring aid and support to people in need.