Remembering Waka, 3 years on

Kurdistan Solidarity Network

Farid Medjahed was better known to his friends as Waka. He took the name Şahîn Qereçox when he travelled to Rojava in June 2018, and fell şehîd (martyr) after only four months in the YPG in an attack by ISIS on the 6th of October 2018.

Although he was a citizen of France, Waka participated in ecological direct action campaigns in the UK and became close to a number of comrades here. One of these shares memories below.

This is the third autumn I have been honouring grief for Waka.

I am shocked when 6th October approaches. But it is not quite then that I miss them the most.

I imagine what they were thinking when they were in Deir-ez-Zor. I wonder whether they were afraid by the sound of artillery. I wonder whether they knew they were about to die when it happened.

But I miss Waka most…

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