Bedir Bedir

BedirKhan Ahmad from Qamishli Syria, Local Journalist, work like freelance, photographer and writer.

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Syrian Kurds Celebrate Nowruz in Qami...
Syria
By Bedir
21 Mar 2015

On 21 March dozens of Syrian Kurds in Qamishli celebrated the Nowruz, the beginning of the Kurdish New Year.  

Since both militias have been engaged in a decisive and difficult battle to drive ISIS from northeast Syria, symbols of the People's Protection Units (YPG) and the Women's Protection Units (YPJ) militias were widely present during the celebration. 

Qamishli is controlled by the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), the political wing of the YPG and YPJ, and has declared autonomy over majority Syrian Kurdish areas that are collectively known in Kurdish as Rojava.

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Arabi Family in "Roj" refugees camp -...
Derek, Syria
By Bedir
19 Mar 2015

Photography story about Arabic family live in " Roj' camp for refuugees close to Derek - Rojava - Syria. the falmily fled from the attacking of ISIS on their villages near to Tal Hamis town called "Thehran".

"Rojava Reliefe Committee" offer the humanitarian help for the refugees there. 

The Arabic family who fled from ISIS consist of the father "Saoud Daham Al Hamil", the mother " Samira Al Khidir", they have 7 children ( 5 boys and 2 daughter).

they hope the peace and security come back to there village and they can come back home.

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Youth Return to Kobani to Help Protec...
Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
20 Feb 2015

.These collections of photos show return Youth to Kobani, to share in protection their land.

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Signs of Life Return to Kobani
Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
20 Feb 2015

This collection of photos gives several poignant examples of life trying to return to normal in Kobani in the wake of its liberation from ISIS by Kurdish forces.

After a harsh winter of heavy rain, people must cope with mud and cold as they attempt to reconstruct their lives after the 5-month battle that was waged for the town on the Turkish border. 

In the photographs, all manner of civilians, from small children to elderly men, somberly celebrate the return of the town to Kurdish forces. 

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Family Returns to Recaptured Kobane V...
Kobane, Syria
By Bedir
16 Feb 2015

The Rashad Muslim family returns to their village of Qara Maga, east of Kobane, after it was recently recaptured by Kurdish YPG and YPJ forces from ISIS. While the city of Kobane has fallen to Kurdish forces, many of the surrounding villages remain under the control of ISIS and Kurdish forces are now in the midst of campaign capture the villages as well. 

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People comeback to Kobani (Videos)
Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
07 Feb 2015

After liberation of Kobani, the life day by day comeback to the City, people start to come back to their city after 4 months they stayd out in Turkey and refugees camp in Siruc city on the other side of the border, to see their destroyed city after fierce battles the city witnessed it.

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Returning to Kobane
Kobane
By Bedir
07 Feb 2015

After four months of war and siege, residents of the Syrian city of Kobani have begun returning to the city to see what is left of their homes. 

The fighting left %50 of the city destroyed and for many, there is little left to come home to. While residents salvage the remains of their homes, the battle continues in the surrounding villages between the Kurdish YPG and ISIS.

Syrian photographer Massoud Mohamad accompanied the returning residents to document their journey. 

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Kobanî, Syria
By Bedir
17 Feb 2015

Mother and children from the Rashad Muslim family in their village of Qara Mag.

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Kobanî, Syria
By Bedir
17 Feb 2015

ISIS words wrote on the walls of the house of the Rashad Muslim family. Writing reads: "Allahu Akbar" (God is Great)

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Kobanî, Syria
By Bedir
17 Feb 2015

ISIS words wrote on the walls of the house of the Rashad Muslim family. The writing reads: "The state of the Islamic caliphate". "Khatab al Bosni" (Khatab the Bosnian).

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Kobanî, Syria
By Bedir
17 Feb 2015

Children from the Rashad Muslim family, the first family to return to the village of Qera Mag after liberated it was recaptured by YPG and YPJ fighters, play inside their garden. Qara Mag is located east of Kobane and its recapture was part of an ongoing operation to recapture Kobane's surrounding villages from ISIS.

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Kobanî, Syria
By Bedir
17 Feb 2015

Children from the Rashad Muslim family, the first family to return to the village of Qera Mag after liberated it was recaptured by YPG and YPJ fighters, play inside their garden. Qara Mag is located east of Kobane and its recapture was part of an ongoing operation to recapture Kobane's surrounding villages from ISIS.

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Villagers return to Kobanî 01
Kobanî, Syria
By Bedir
17 Feb 2015

Children from the Rashad Muslim family, the first family to return to the village of Qera Mag after liberated it was recaptured by YPG and YPJ fighters, play inside their garden. Qara Mag is located east of Kobane and its recapture was part of an ongoing operation to recapture Kobane's surrounding villages from ISIS.

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Together in Kobane: Former Refugee Re...
Kobane
By Bedir
10 Feb 2015

Kobani, Syria
February 10, 2015

After leaving her hometown of Kobani and living in Turkey for several months, Siddiqa Barkal was happily reunited with her husband and two sons who remained in the city to fight against ISIS. Siddiqa’s three daughters and her youngest son were also rejoiced to return with her.
Siddiqa’s husband, Ismat Sheikh Hassan, is the head of the Defense Committee in the Kobani Canton, part of the autonomous district proclaimed by the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, known by the Kurdish acronym PYD. He was widely quoted by Western media during the battle for Kobani.
Siddiqa says that she was very sad to leave her hometown and live in exile, despite the warm welcome she received in Turkey. She took the risk of returning to Kobani even before ISIS fighters were defeated because her young children could not bear living outside their city.
In Kobani, Siddiqa stood by her husband, sons and other fighters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) during the battles and made them food until they won over the battle against ISIS.

SHOTLIST AND TRANSCRIPT

Various of family in living room

SOUNDBITE (Kurdish, Woman) Siddiqa Barkal, Refugee Who Returned to Kobani

01:01 - 09:45

“We left when ISIS attacked Kobani on [September] 20. We did not leave willingly. We wanted to stay in Kobani and live with the comrades and fighters. We wanted to be martyred with them. Seven days after I left Kobani with my children, they convinced me of returning. We returned but could not enter. My children and I stayed in Suruc. They did not tolerate to live outside Kobani. They kept saying that they wanted to return. I had three girls and a young boy with me. Even though my children could not live outside of Kobani, the situation there did not allow us to return. The father of my children and two of my children were fighting in the city. The rest of my children and I were very worried about them. My young son Hamza used to cry and say, ‘I cannot stand living outside Kobani because my friends are not here. I feel lonely when I am outside my city.’ In Suruc, my children and I were living in a house. My children never left the house during the day. On certain days, they used to sleep during the day and stay up at night watching television. On the 25th of the month, my older daughter went to Kobani. She called me, saying, ‘I cannot take it anymore. My father and two brothers are in Kobani and I need to go and see them. I want to stay in my city, Kobani.’
“I had many friends and acquaintances in northern Turkey who offered to let me live in their homes. I went near to Kobani on several occasions. My young son and I cried as smoke was rising from the buildings. The sound of explosions and gunshots was heard. Warplanes were bombing and the city was being destroyed. We were very worried about our friends who were fighting to defend the city. One day, I decided to return to Kobani while ISIS mercenaries were still there. I called my daughter then to tell her that we were coming and she told her father. My husband called me, saying: ‘Why did you not tell us that you were coming?’ I returned to Kobani and he was very happy. Some were worried that my children would be affected by the scenes of killing and destruction. There were also worried that ISIS was still there. “I used to make dinner for the fighters on the front and help them. We never thought that ISIS could have control over us. Many people used to ask me whether Kobani will fall or not. I used to say to them that Kobani will never fall and that it shall be victorious. 'We will fight until the last drop of our blood and the last stone in the city.’ I kept saying this to the women and mothers. The ideas of leader Abdullah Ocalan were behind the victory. Male and female fighters are fighting by relying on their own capabilities and conviction. They were not pushed by anyone; they were not forced to do this. They are fighting with their hearts, which is why they will achieve victory. For example, when you make a child carry something, he will carry it but he might fail. If he carries it with his own will and strength, he will succeed. The young men and women came from all parts of Kurdistan. We consider the member of the People’s Protection Units and the Women’s Protection Units our sons and daughters and parts of our bodies. They are sacrificing their lives for their land, which is why we will achieve victory. “I cannot describe the way I felt when we returned to Kobani. We felt so much joy. My little son Hamza was thrilled because he returned to his friends. I asked my son on our way back, ‘Who do you want to see first, your brothers or your father?’ He said: ‘I want to return to my friends.’ Friendship is more important for him. When I was in Kobani, I was very happy to see the comrade fighters. I did not believe that I was actually with them, and that I was embraced by Kobani. When the comrade fighters liberated Kobani from ISIS mercenaries, I was trembling. I was so happy that I did not understand what was happening. I asked a woman near me: ‘Am I in Kobani? Has it been liberated?’ “I cannot describe the joy I felt. When I left Kobani, I felt as if one of my sons or the father of my children was martyred. We all cried when we left. Even my young son went to the comrades and held their hands, saying: ‘I want to stay in Kobani and be martyred.’ When I left Kobani, I was told that I would return in seven days. My son was fighting on the eastern front, where battles were the fiercest. I did not tell anyone that I was leaving. When my son heard about it he said: ‘Mother, why are you leaving?’ I told him that I was not leaving willingly, and that I was leaving because the comrades wanted me to. When I left, I did not bid my sons farewell. It was a very painful moment. I cannot forget that moment. The moment I crossed the border was very painful. I cannot describe it. “Now that Kobani has been liberated, people will return to the city in the next few weeks. Those whose houses were destroyed will rebuild their houses. We have to help each other, take care of ourselves and return to our previous lives. We will live a happy life. Rojava [Syrian part of Kurdistan] will be fully liberated from ISIS mercenaries, especially that they were defeated in Kobani. The People’s Protection Units and the Women’s Protection Units have pledged to fight ISIS wherever they were. We, the people, should help the members of these forces who are sacrificing their lives for the homeland.”

Various of family inside the house
Various of young Hamza
Various of family and guests in front of the house

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Defiant People of Kobane Return to De...
Kobane
By Bedir
06 Feb 2015

Kobane , Syria
February 6, 2015

Large numbers of Kurdish refugees returned from the Turkish city of Suruc to their hometown of Kobane .
ISIS withdrew from the city in late January under the weight of attacks from Kurdish fighters and airstrikes by international coalition.
Video shows refugees queuing to enter Kobane through a border crossing and walking amid the rubble and others cheering for Kurdish fighters.

Two interviewed returning refugees said that they are determined to stay in Kobane and that they are not scared of ISIS. Video also shows large-scale destruction in the city.

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Wide of family walking amid destroyed buildings
Wide of boy carrying large bag
Various of refugees queuing to enter Kobane

SOUNDBITE (Kurdish, Woman) Unnamed refugee returning to Kobane
01:33 – 02:24
God willing, we shall achieve victory. We could no longer bear living in the tents, so we returned to Kobane because it is our land. We will never abandon Kobane because it is our honor. We will live amid this destruction. We will set up tents and live in Kobane . We are not afraid of ISIS. We used to be scared of it before, but now, we are not scared of anyone. Whoever wants to come, let them come. We are not scared of ISIS or anyone else.”
Various of refugees queueing at border crossing
Wide of refugees standing next to fighter
Wide of refugees walking through into Kobane
Wide of fighters

SOUNDBITE (Kurdish, Man) Unnamed refugees returning to Kobane
03:50 – 04:25

“I am from Kobane , and now I return to my city. I am returning to my land and hometown. Long live the YPG [Kurdish People’s Protection Units]. Long live the leader Abdullah Ocalan. Kobane has overcome terrorism. I am not scared. I am now returning to Kobane , the city of resistance.”

Various of people in pickup trucks cheering for Kurdish fighters
Wide of destroyed house and car
Wide of destroyed homes

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Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
05 Feb 2015

Destroyed buildings and cars in Kobane.

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Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
05 Feb 2015

A battered YPG flag flutters from a car window at the entrance to Kobane. The sign on the road reads in Kurdish "Kobane welcomes you". While underneath, words written in Arabic by ISIS read "Ain Al Islam". Kobane is known in Arabic as Ain al Arab. However, ISIS changed the name to Ain al Islam.

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Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
05 Feb 2015

People from Kobane return to their homes after the city was recaptured by Kurdish forces.

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Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
05 Feb 2015

People from Kobane return to their homes after the city was recaptured by Kurdish forces.

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Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
06 Feb 2015

People from Kobane return to their homes after the city was recaptured by Kurdish forces.

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Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
06 Feb 2015

People from Kobane return to their homes after the city was recaptured by Kurdish forces.

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Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
06 Feb 2015

People from Kobane return to their homes after the city was recaptured by Kurdish forces.

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Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
06 Feb 2015

People from Kobane return to their homes after the city was recaptured by Kurdish forces.

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Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
06 Feb 2015

People from Kobane return to their homes after the city was recaptured by Kurdish forces.

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Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
06 Feb 2015

People from Kobane return to their homes after the city was recaptured by Kurdish forces.

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Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
05 Feb 2015

Destroyed buildings in Kobane after being recaptured by Kurdish forces.

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Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
06 Feb 2015

People from Kobane return to their homes after the city was recaptured by Kurdish forces.

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Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
06 Feb 2015

Children playing beside a cemetery for YPG fighters who died during the battle for Kobani.

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Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
05 Feb 2015

New grave of a YPG fighter named "Numan Muzur", who died on 3 Ferbuary 2015. He is buried in a cemetery for YPG martyrs inside the city of Kobane after it was recaptured by Kurdish forces.

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Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
06 Feb 2015

A destroyed tank on "Meshteh Nour" hill.

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Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
06 Feb 2015

A general view of destroyed houses in Kobane.

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Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
06 Feb 2015

A wounded YPG fighter gets out of a truck in Kobane.

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Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
06 Feb 2015

A general view of destroyed houses in Kobane.

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Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
06 Feb 2015

A general view of Kobane after its recapture from ISIS forces.

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Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
06 Feb 2015

Meshteh Nour hill after it was fully recaptured by Kurdish forces.

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Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
06 Feb 2015

YPG flag on the east hill of Kobane after it was fully recaptured by Kurdish forces.

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Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
06 Feb 2015

A YPG fighter stands on a hill overlooking Kobane.

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Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
06 Feb 2015

A general view of Kobane shows the hill of "Meshteh Nour" from the north, after the liberation of city.

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Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
06 Feb 2015

Two YPG fighters ride motorcycles between destroyed buildings in Kobane city after it was recaptured from ISIS.

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Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
07 Feb 2015

An unexploded shell sits in a hole in the pavement in Kobane. Unexploded ordinance and booby-traps remain a danger in the recently recaptured city.

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Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
06 Feb 2015

A general view of destroyed houses in Kobane after the city was fully recaptured by Kurdish forces.