Zehra, Hebûn, Amina: Murdered by the Turkish state in Kobane

A Turkish drone deliberately killed three activists of the women’s movement in Kobanê. Zehra Berkel was a leading member of the women’s organisation Kongreya Star, Hebûn Mele Xelîl and Amina Waysî were also active in the women’s revolution in Rojava.

On 23 June, three activists of the women’s movement in north-east Syria were killed in a targeted drone shelling by Turkey in the village of Helincê (Halinja) near Kobanê. The funeral is to take place on Thursday afternoon. There are widespread protests in Rojava, and in Europe the women’s umbrella organisation TJK-E has called for protests at 6 p.m.

Zehra Berkel

Zehra Berkel was a coordinating member of the women’s umbrella organisation Kongreya Star for the Euphrates region. She was born in 1987 to a family from Kobanê and studied law in Aleppo. In 2013 she joined the women’s movement and worked first in the “Mala Jin” (House of Women) and later for the Kurdish Red Crescent (Heyva Sor a Kurd). She was active in the People’s Council of Kobanê and was elected co-mayor. Afterwards she was co-chair of the Justice Commission of Kobanê. Since 2018 she worked as a coordinating member of Kongreya Star.

Hebûn Mele Xelîl

Hebûn Mele Xelîl was also a member of Kongreya Star. She was born in the village Pêndir near Kobanê and suffered from cancer.

Amina Waysî

Amina Waysî lived in the house that was attacked by the Turkish armed drone. She was born in 1965 in Helincê and was the mother of five children. In her environment she was known for her love for Kurdistan. She took part in all activities of the women’s movement and dedicated all her energy to the revolution.