‘Women’s spirit of resistance in 1938 put out the fire’

Melike Aydın

DERSİM –HDP Central Executive Committee member Çilem Küçükkeleş, who came to Dersim to examine the damage caused by the fire in the city, said Dersim women keep their sprit of resistance in 1938.

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Central Executive Committee member Çilem Küçükkeleş, who came to Dersim to examine the damage caused by the fire and war policies in the city, mentioned that the nature massacres have taken place in many parts of Kurdistan. Çilem informed that soldiers opened fire on the villagers, who tried to put out the fire in Halvori village, and she stated that the women’s intervention in the fire is the legacy of the 1938 resistance and that this culture will be carried into future.

‘Each burned tree is like burned of a person’

Saying that the ongoing fires are the continuation of ongoing policies for two years, Çilem underlined that Dersim has faced the most serious aspects of the war. Çilem also said each burned tree in Dersim is like burned of a person and she added, “Maybe some think it is just a forest fire but for us it is a fire on humanity. We, the people come from Alevi culture, don’t have the heart to collect a unripe fruit from trees. We respect its ripening period; we eat it by sharing it with the animals. Each tree and each ant of the nature are holy for us.”

‘Destroying nature is the same as destroying humanity’

Recalled Seyit Rıza’s words saying, “I am the grasses rising under the stones” Çilem said, “Our generation shed their blood for this territory. Each land their blood shed on is holy for us. We felt every burned thing as if Seyit Rıza’s burned body. Trying to destroy this territory by burning is actually the same as destroying the humanity.”

‘Halvori women resist again’

Underlined that fires have been started in many parts of Kurdistan, Çilem said the fires in Dersim were put out by the reflexes of the people. Çilem pointing out that a woman said ‘There is no difference between burning the forest and killing us’ while the villagers tried to put out the fire in Halvori Village. Çilem said, “Halvori women resisted again. The women were thrown down from rocks in Halvori. Many of them threw them down from rocks to not be harassed and raped. Those who put out the fire were Dersim women. These fires were put out because a public opinion was forged. All people did their best to put out the fire by risking death.”