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Sherin is too exhausted to run during her first day of training to become a member of the Kurdish Women's Defense Forces (YPJ) rebel army. The YPJ is the female branch of the YPG. Sherin is not Kurdish, but a young Sunni muslim. She grew up in a Kurdish town and joining the YPJ seemed the most logical step after the war broke out. 'It's not important to be Kurdish in the YPJ, it is only important to believe in the ideals of freedom, democracy and equality.'

On the night of July 16, the YPG/YPJ attacked Jabhat al Nusra in Ras al-Ayn. Sherin fought behind the front line. She survived and is now stationed in Ras al-Ayn, where she grew up.

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