SYRIZA MP Nantia Valavani in a mission at Kobani
The problems of the refugees from Kobani at Suruc, as we witnessed, is something unimaginable. Let's not forget that there are 1.6 million refugees in Turkey, who exclusively came from Syria and need help: Unless there will be a general, international action, a significant part of them will surely arrive and "trapped" in Greece.
It's obvious that we must do everything we can to collect medicine, food and clothes, to help the refugees of Kobani to survive until the final victory of the fighters in the "free-besieged" town, so that to return to their homeland. It's also obvious that whatever the movements will do in each European country is not enough to satisfy the needs of the refugees. Therefore, governments of the EU, US, international organizations and the UN need to be mobilized: Thousands of containers, heaters, dozens of ambulances and additional medical staff because volunteers who, at the same time, work at the local hospital, will finally collapse.
Of course, the countries of North should accept thousands of refugees at least from Syria at this stage. The role of a movement in each country is to impose such a condition and this would be not an offer by the international community, but an obligation: Without the military operations by the West, especially the last decade, there would be no such a mess in the region. ISIS would not expand to become an Al Qaeda no 2 that bites the hand that fed it. There would be no floods of millions of refugees.
There is a need also those international factors that currently support ISIS to be isolated. And Turkey, of course, which has significant responsibilities for this situation, should keep the borders open to let the necessary aid reach the town. There is a need also for every possible action against further attempts that aim to create new "free" mercenary armies, and activation towards a political solution for Syria.
Kobani became an international symbol, not because of its crucial geographic position which will allow "caliphate" to control all the ways of North Syria to Turkey, but because prior to the attack and for one and a half years, a local authority was established which became emblematic not only for the Middle East, but also for Europe. With freedom for every religion, without religious fanaticism, with direct democracy elements and real equality between men and women. All these factors and especially the last one, led to what they told us from the opposite side of the borders: Defending Kobani today is a "case for women".
For all these reasons, we must do whatever we can so that our first statement 20 days ago to become reality: Kobani must not fall! Kobani must win!
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