Kobane: An eco-challenge for humanity

Kurdistan Solidarity Network

The gardens grown in ten schools in villages around Kobane are more than just plots of land: they are also a symbol of freedom and the desire to rebuild what violence and war have swept away for too long.

“Our soil is very rich indeed; it’s bright red in color and has a special smell after the rain. It reminds us of the spring which, when it rains, treats us to good harvests of corn, barley and other grains.” These are the words of the Ministry of Water and Agriculture’s delegate in Kobane, speaking about the garden project in local schools, developed partly with the support of Slow Food. The ministry is organized according to the model of a democratic confederation, based on self-government, self-defense, ecology and gender equality within a strongly multi-ethnic context. Rojava, where the Kobane canton is situated, is inhabited not only by Kurds…

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