Laborer of Rojava Revolution: Teacher Jinda
TIL TEMIR – Being one of the first organizers of Rojava Revolution and founders of the YPJ, Naile Yûsif (nom de guerre Jinda Ronahi) lost her life four years ago while fighting against gangs. Meanwhile, Jinda was a teacher and she taught how a revolution can be built by labor and resistance.
The YPJ (Women's Defense Units) is a self-defense unit, which women formed in order to protect their lands and identity in the Middle East. One of founders of the YPJ Naile Yûsif (nom de guerre Jinda Ronahi) led the Rojava Revolution with her life and resistance. She lost her life in the Cindo Qestel village of Efrin Canton’s Şerewada town in October 6, 2013 while fighting against Al-Nusra gangs. Jinda’s family told of her life.
She was one of founders of the YPJ
Jinda was born in the Til Temir town in 1980. She began to take part in politics actively when she was 18 years old. Jinda became one of founders of the YPJ following the Rojava Revolution began in 2012.
Mother of Jinda, Hamdiye Kotê pointed out that Jinda was an equitable and sharing person since she was a child. Hamdiye said her daughter was a teacher and, “She impressed all family members with her instance of speaking in Kurdish. She gathered children around her and gave them lessons against assimilation when she was also a child. She was also a good politician. She carried out works in Rojava’s three cantons. Lastly, we said goodbye when she departed to Afrin. She told me, “If I fall a martyr, you should be stay strong.” Still, I remember her words.”
Jiyan’s sister Çınar Kute shared her childhood memories by saying, “She was very clever so she involved in the politics when she was young. She became the teachers all of us. She educated hundreds of women and included them to the revolution. She never gave up educating women despite the heavy attacks of the regime.”
Jinda Raperin Yusif, who joined the revolution after Jinda, calls Jinda as “my teacher” and she said, “She left the home when she was 18 years old. I was a child that time. I was 18 years old when she came to home again. I watched her every behavior. She became my role model. I promised myself to be like her. The last time I saw her, she was leaving for Efrin. My sister was a hero for me and she always will be. She and the people like her presented Rojava to us. Our duty is to protect and improve it.”
Jinda’s brother Azad Yusif showed the pencil which Jinda bought to him and said, “I was small when she went. Then, she came back and we went out together. She bought a pencil to me and she said, “You should protect this pencil”. I didn’t understand what she meant that time but I do now. She advised me to study and become a useful person for the people. I follow the way she showed me.”