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From Brussels to Graz – invite me for a talk

Between 15th and 23rd of April I will be traveling (not necessary the shortest way) between Brussels and Graz. If you want me to stop by and give a talk in your place or community, I will be more than happy.

The idea is to make it a brief talk (up to 30 minutes), plus a Q&A session and discussion (unlimited). If it is ok, I would put a money box on the table — this is my only way to finance all Rojava-related ativity (I do not collect money for Rojava — I only inform about their official bank account).

The message I will try to convey amounts to:
1. What is the key conclusion from the Hamburg conference, which I am attending right now.
2. Why is Rojava special both for Middle East and for us in Europe (various perspectives: anarchist, feminist, communalist, anticapitalist, anticolonialist).
3. What are possible ways to support Rojava reconstruction and development, starting from Kobane Reconstruction Board
4. What is the idea behind Amargi.PL and what is the current status of coordination with Rojava representatives.
5. Short- and mid-term agenda.

This is not going to be a canned speech. I hope it to be as interactive as possible. I hope to trigger a self-organized activity, so the meetup itself logically should be self-governed.

I hope this is detailed enough for you to get a grip. If not, let me know.

Towards Stateless Democracy — English Edition

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So, click the picture and enjoy the ebook!

Democracy only there grows, where there is a
popular need of the masses.
It emerges as the
reaction against the voracity of State, as a necessary defense of the grass-­root institutions, self­-organized  economical  and  cultural  interests  of the people against bureaucracy.
Edward Abramowski

We weren’t able to go to Kobane, to bring you firsthand stories from the   front.   We   could   only   tell   you   the   story   of   the   siege,   based   on relations of others, using our knowledge and analytical skills. Today, when Kobane is free and ISIS in retreat, it is about time for you to learn  how   come   that   Rojava   Autonomy   emerged,   what   are   its   roots
and what ideology grows out of them. It is important, as the ideals of Rojava   –   ideals   of   the   whole   humanity   –   were   the   reason   for   the defenders of Kobane to be so tough and invincible.
It   started   from   the  videoclips   on  Youtube,   showing   girls  with  guns. Then stories about the heroic battles with ISIS. They brought a lot of emotions, but also questions: what is behind them, what drives them?
Then we learned not only that 40% of Rojava armed forces are female warriors. We learned about totally separate female army – YPJ. About mandatory   co­presidence   on   every   level   (except   for   female organizations). How could it be possible in the region which – in the eyes of the Europeans – is a stronghold of patriarchy? What is that famous Democratic Confederalism which made Rojava possible? What marvelous visions are needed to transgress “the one and the only”
reality of the patriarchal, capitalist nation­-state?  We discussed it a lot within FreeLab and outside and we decided to publish a selection of texts to help our Readers to understand Rojava better – and also to look around them in a new way.
We   decided   to   bring   the   ideals   of   Rojava   closer   to   the   European reader. To show how the Kurdish resistance movement emerged. How it transformed from a typical marxist guerilla to the standard of quite new ideals – ideals of a cooperative society. And how – out of this very movement   –   the   Revolution   of   Women   bloomed,   effectively   creating Rojava Autonomy.
We   also   try   to   show   how   the   thoughts   of   Murray   Bookchin,   who created and developed the libertarian municipalism movement, found practical   implementations   in   the   mountains   of   Kurdistan.   Obvious thought is also that it can be implemented in Poland and Europe even more   easily.   That   is   why   we   asked   dr   Krzysztof   Nawratek   to   show Rojava in the context of current European political thinking.
We believe deeply that democratic confederalism, as it is implemented in   Rojava,   is   important   for   the   whole   Europe.   It   is   an   important example of implementation of a just, self­governing political system in an extremely hostile surrounding. American societies have their own example of this kind – EZLN “benevolent junta” in Chiapas, Mexico.
We,   in   Europe,   we   have   Rojava   and   their   struggle   for   democratic confederalism.
If we manage to trigger a discussion on it and to bring it closer to the popular perception, our mission will be accomplished.

When we published first Polish selection of articles about Rojava, I received several requests to provide English edition as well.It was not really a big work — only one article was originally written in Polish — but really a great pleasure.
That was a bit of a challenge, however, as we have no native speaker to do the proof reading for us, but I count on your help and friendly criticism. Please report all mistakes here and we shall correct them in the next version.

Enjoy!

Pretty good article on Rojava – espec…

Pretty good article on Rojava – especially for the US audience.

The Small Miracle You Haven't Heard About Amid the Carnage in Syria – http://www.kurdishquestion.com/index.php/kurdistan/west-kurdistan/the-small-miracle-you-haven-t-heard-about-amid-the-carnage-in-syria/548-the-small-miracle-you-haven-t-heard-about-amid-the-carnage-in-syria.html

"It's a familiar scene: Young people in a makeshift press center sitting around laptops talking about the best way to post a video. Facebook first, or their own news page? Skype isn't working. When a TV station calls her cell, one woman shushes the room with a waved hand. Behind the camera is Zanyar Omrani, a friendly journalist smuggled in and given permission to record. They could be activists anywhere in the world, except the walls are lined with AK-47s and outside everything is rubble."

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Is Rojava written off?

What is Rojava?

Rojava_february2014Rojava (aka Western Kurdistan or Syrian Kurdistan) is a self-proclaimed autonomous region, containing local communities of Kurds, Yezidis, Arabs, Asyrians and other ethnic/religious groups. Essential for the Autonomy is its secular character, inclusivity for all communities and focus on three cornerstones: Radical feminism, direct democracy and social ecology. The founding document for the Autonomy is its Social Contract, published in January 2014.

Rojava Autonomy claims to be a stateless democracy, aspiring political blueprint for the rest of Middle East, the region haunted by nationalism, religious wars and patriarchate. Still in process of transition, Rojava is apparently heading towards post-nation-state model, trying to face the challenge of failing Westphalian states order.

Currently Rojava suffers heavy damages, being attacked by the Islamic State forces. Heroic – and victorious – defence of Kobane brought Rojava international attention and recognition.

A brief history.

The Autonomy was initiated by the Kurdish movements, rooted in Turkish, PKK-based autonomous structures. The whole story started in 2011, when Abdullah Ocalan, leader of PKK, since 1999 imprisoned in Turkey, published his book on “Democratic Confederalism“. Soon, thanks to his unquestioned leadership, PKK dropped its previous, Marxist ideology, quit aggressive military actions and reformed into autonomy-oriented, more or less peaceful organization (officially only approving use of force in self-defence situations).

Probably the critical change was the empowerment of women. Kurdish women – not only in Turkey – were always fighting together with men. But the PKK ideology made them – on the mandatory basis – equal political actors as well. In no time at all they implemented basic rule: every elected position had to be shared by a man and a woman – the latter being designated by an independent female-only collective. Even as the Turkish law wouldn’t allowed it, under severe sanctions, Kurds put this system in practice on every level, up to the parliamentary representation.

So, when the situation in Syria became ripe enough, setting up the Rojava Autonomy (January 2014) was rather easy – having all basic institutions already tested and running. Newly created political structure soon had to face uninvited attention of powerful enemies: the Islamic State, which was confronted by Kurds in Syria and Iraq before the world even learned about its existence. Between the anvil of Turkish forces, blocking the nearby border and the hammer of ISIL, freshly equipped with heavy weapons, Rojava got forged into unbreakable shield. Tens of thousands civilians had to flee; most of the territory was lost; infrastructure hardly preserved. Still, there were enough people – men and women – left in Kobane to stop theISIL advances and to increase the international awareness of the problem.

In the spotlight of history.

As I write these words, it is over 100 days of unrivalred, stubborn and efficient resistance of Kobane. Over this time we witnessed several changes in the international awareness and stance – and I do not mean only governments, but also so called “public opinion”.

Initially, the “Anty ISIS coalition” was simply ignoring Rojava. Just another tribal community, doomed from the beginning. Another example that nobody in the Middle East can survive without the umbrella provided by the US&Co. Powers that be were holding back their reaction until the IS steamroller crushes Rojava and reach the Turkish border. The “public opinon”, cut off the information from the area, knew nothing and largely paid no attention.

Surprisingly, the steamroller lost its traction. Most of the Rojava was destroyed, people fled to avoid beheading, rape or slavery. The point of resistance, however, appeared to be in Kobane (aka Kobani, Ayn-al-Arab). Central of three Rojava cantons, less than kilometre from the Turkish border, Kobane started getting attention of the humanity.

One of the most important aspects of Rojava Autonomy is its feminist foundation. Not only – as it is normal for Kurds – women make up about 30% of the regular (YPK) Kurdish army and have also formed their own 100%-female army (YPJ). Apart from giving support to the rest of women’s movement, it has an unexpected twist regarding the Islamic State. Being killed by a woman supposedly denies an IS warrior any chance to get to heaven (which I personally enjoy immensely). It is surely one of problems IS did not expect in their planning. One which probably helped a lot to hold Kobane during the siege, as roughly half of defenders are female there.

“Lyonesses of Kobane” were the first to get attention from the international audience. Gradually, the picture became more complete. We started learning about details; unique elements of Rojava political system; the dubious game played by Turkish government, hoping IS to squash Kurdish attempt to build stable structures in Syria; declared support from the anti-IS coalition, not followed by actual help. Thanks to thousands of volunteers, coordinating their efforts online, the word got spread. There was a moment of international mobilization, which forced governments to start acting according to their declarations. US, UK and Australian air raids started hitting IS around Kobane. Some weapon got air-dropped. Some pressure was put upon Turkey to stop supporting IS so visibly. Eventually, a contingent of Iraqi Kurdistan Peshmerga was permitted to cross Turkish territory to join Kobane defenders.

Fights continued, but it became clear that – save for some really unexpected twist of action – IS lost Kobane and most probably the whole Rojava. Political necessity and somewhat sentimental perception of “the international community” combined into a favourable weather for Rojava. At least for the time being.

Right this moment.

There is more to do in Rojava than to sweep the IS beyond the horizon. Much less spectacular work is to restore the whole Autonomy structure. To bring people back from refugee camps in Turkey. To feed them. To provide shelter, water, electricity, heating. Re-establish social and political structures. Get back to normal life.

The initial step in this direction was the appeal issued by Rojava authorities on December 2d. It summarises the basic needs and outlines steps to be taken to help Kobane recover. Soon it was backed with a publication by Carl Drott, Swedish journalist and researcher.

It was a clear signal that the people of Rojava had begun planning beyond immediate survival. It means they are not going to be just one-time popular exotic heroes. They stick with their ideals and they keep building a society that goes against the “official” political doctrine. It makes situation complicated, as Rojava is highly disruptive and the Middle East is still a playground of powers which do not really accept disruption – except for the one they deliver.

So, for last few weeks we have seen a growing campaign to make Rojava vanish from the spotlights of international audience, to get it marginalised politically and supposedly to never let it reappear as an independent political entity.

Who wants Rojava to vanish?

We should keep in mind that the political concept for Rojava: stateless autonomy, based on feminism, ecology and local, direct democracy, is highly dangerous to the official political doctrine – not just in the Middle East. Democratic Confederalism is clearly designed as an exemplary solution, to be spread, cloned and scaled throughout the region. But, as we see from the EZLN experience, it can be applied everywhere. Especially in the Global South countries, but also in destabilised areas near old colonial metropolies; in Greece, Balkans, Portugal and Spain there are strong movements toward autonomy. They are normally labelled as nationalistic, which is standard way to ban them from regular political discourse. Rojava is not nationalist, it is highly democratic and inclusive system. In fact, Rojava became a safe harbour for all minorities: religious, ethnic and social, endangered by the traditional, patriarchal and fundamentalist environment of Syria, Turkey and Iraq. It is also strongly anticapitalist. And it works.
This make the Rojava system an attractive alternative to the nation-state model for all freedom-oriented and/or left-wing movements, hoping to ‘jailbreak’ the TINA paradigm, imposed by traditional capitalist state.

The list of Rojava adversaries is quite impressive.

Turkey is deeply afraid that Rojava may become a stronghold of PKK-related autonomists, providing human, material and psychological support to the Kurdish movement in Turkey. At the same time Turkey sees it as an obstacle for their plans to expand into the Syrian territory.

All other states inhabited by Kurds – Iran, Iraq and Syria – will be deeply unhappy if such bad apple as Rojava start spoiling the whole metaphorical barrel.

The list goes further, including major actors of the Middle Eastern scene – USA, UK, Israel and Arab countries. Since the infamous Picot-Sykes agreement their whole game is founded upon ancient “divide and impera” rule, where elusive lure of “your own state” is used to convert frustrated communities into terrorist proxy wars cannon fodder  – exactly as it happened with ISIL. If Rojava succeeds, it would disarm the whole Middle East minefield, effectively forcing major change of global geopolitics.

Unfortunately, one of actors here is also KRG – the government of Iraqi Kurdistan. It is an aspiring nation-state, built upon heavy support from the USA (and recently Israel as well), highly westernized, patriarchal and openly nationalistic. The economy is based upon oil and gas from ex-Iraqi fields. Armed forces – Peshmerga – are supplied and trained by the US-led NATO coalition. Over last few weeks KRG has apparently been designated to be the token of Kurdish cause for the world. Peshmerga, freshly supported with heavy equipment, actively confronted ISIS, with significant successes. International media publications quit talking about YPG, YPJ, and Rojava – now they promote “Kurdistan” and Peshmerga instead. “We all are Peshmerga” is a slogan of the day. Social networks are full of appeals to keep unity of Kurds – under Peshmerga and Iraq Kurdistan colors. KRG leaders strongly reject any suggestion that Rojava may be something else than a future part of Kurdistan. From one week to another, international “public opinion” got refocused from the Kobane defence to the blooming “Great Kurdistan”: new regional actor, trusted ally of the USA and always-been-a-friend friend of Izrael. Rojava sort of got back into the woodwork.

On the Kurdish level, Rojava is on the verge of being accused of breaking a saint Kurdish unity – with the whole traditional rhetoric of “Whom it serves” etc. It is quite probable that the Rojava’s autonomy may not survive, if it joins the soon-expected-to-emerge Kurdish state.

Who needs Rojava?

So, is there ANYBODY who needs Rojava? Except for its dwellers, maybe?

Globally speaking, we all need it, as much as we need to stop the western colonisation of Middle East. But there are also other reasons.

As we experience major dysfunction of global capitalism and westfalian states, more and more people started looking for a sustainable and resilient alternatives. There is a number of solutions already tested in the area of economy, technology and small-scale communities. However, Rojava is the first in our part of the world (second only to EZLN) long lasting test of a stateless democracy. Test, mind it, run in an extremely unfavourable environment. So, in the best interest of everyone who wants to live off the political grid is to support Rojava. Not to speak about “ordinary” solidarity with the people who not only confronted the biggest menace on the Middle East, but also succeeded in this confrontation. We already see it can be done. Now, we need to learn how.

Rojava gives us highly encouraging examples of practical feminism, local democracy, inclusive society and efficient resistance against anyone trying to destroy their society. We should support them and we should learn from them. But first of all – we cannot let Rojava perish!

What can WE do?

There are many people (most of them luckily unknown to the public) who struggle daily to upkeep military effort of YPJ, YPG and their allies. Massive grass-root movement brought awareness, solidarity and finally official support for defenders of Kobane. Now, there is even bigger challenge. Whoever of us claims to support the cause of freedom, democracy or feminism, should join similar effort to help Rojava recover from the war and get back to life.

Help now!

There is a number of initiatives throughout Europe and North America, gathering money and goods to send to Rojava. Find the one that is closest to you; check if it really helps Rojava (if they are connected with Kurdish structures in Turkey, it is most probably the case); get involved in their actions. And spread the word – offline and online. Despite all its flaws, Facebook still seems to be the best environment for it (remember not to put ANY sensitive information there!).

International Peace Brigades

Humanitarian help is a short term solution. If we want (and we do want!) Rojava thriving, we need to build vast network of supporters and volunteers. Let us create and run an international volunteering program to bring volunteers to Rojava, as soon as the direct threat is over! They need qualified and unqualified volunteers. They need people to transfer knowledge. They need visible and practical support from us – especially from us Europens. Kobane stopped ISIS in their advance towards Europe – and the values they defend are our values as well. While we have a lot to share – technologies, agriculture, our energy – there is also a lot of things we may learn; namely: how to create, maintain and defend a just, democratic and inclusive society. Against all odds.

We need Rojava – Rojava needs us.  So, let’s start forming International Peace Brigades for Rojava NOW. It is time to move on. Revolution will not happen by itself!


Recommended resources:

Dilar Dirik: “How Kurdish Women saved democracy from the State”

Political map of Rojava, women’s point of view.

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This article resonates with my own observations from talking to Yezidis, who have fled from Shengal (Sinjar) to other parts of the KRG or Rojava. Although the last Sinjar operation was vital and crucial, the KRG, specifically the KDP, have a lot to make up to the Yezidis. The Yezidis at the Newroz Camp in Dêrîk (Rojava) that we spoke to almost cursed the KDP for abandoning them in Sinjar in August, as well as all the institutions, who are supposed to provide aid like the UN and all the states that instrumentalize the tragedy of Sinjar for their policies without actually caring one bit about them. Many refugees told us that the KRG is exploiting the misery of the Yezidis to demand aid which never actually reaches them. In Duhok, we saw with our own eyes how, next to luxurious villas, entire families were struggling to survive the winter inside unfinished buildings under construction without walls, blankets, and basic needs. The Yezidis are sick and tired of people coming to take photos for show, only to abandon them again.
Even if August is in the past now, even if Kurdish forces jointly liberate Sinjar now, the KRG is still upholding the embargo on Rojava which means that no humanitarian aid, including blankets and food, reaches the people there. If the KRG can sell oil independent of the central Iraqi government, why not transport basic needs to the refugees across the tiny bridge that forms an artificial border to Rojava? The aid comes from abroad anyways, all that the KRG officials need to do is to let it cross. The embargo is suffocating Rojava, which hosts ten thousands of refugees, including thousands of Yezidis from Sinjar – and the people are very much aware of the KRG’s role.
Similar to what this article says, Yezidis at the Newroz camp told us “YPG/YPJ and the PKK did everything for us, while the KRG abandoned us. If ISIS didn’t kill us, the embargo is killing us now.” Some even said that they are being threatened and therefore cannot go to the KRG, because they spoke the truth.
Speak about “Kurdish unity” all you want, but – with all due respect to those who participated in liberating Sinjar – if the KRG continues these hostile policies, the wounds of the Yezidis will remain unhealed forever.


Feel free to add your recommendations in the comment field below.

Biafra, Rojava, Chiapas – three roads to freedom

On my metaphorical desk there are three documents now, outlining three “alternative” political projects in various stages of implementation. I am going to go through them during next couple weeks and do some cross-analysis. As we witness the official failure of the Westfalian state concept, these models may become interesting blueprints for new strategies, also in Europe. I found them (or maybe they found me) almost incidentally, so this is not a meticulously short-listed set. However, they are interesting enough – and have long enough history – to study and compare them.

biafranflagBiafra Charter dated 2007, seems to be a political framework for the long-lasting (since 1967 at least) independence struggle of Biafrans. The struggle continues and in 2007 a Provisional Biafra Government has been established. The Charter is clearly intended as a preliminary constitutional document. It is relatively new,  but it can bee clearly seen that the underlying values are those of classic republican kind. It may be interesting to see, how much good can be get out of such material.

Flag_of_Syrian_Kurdistan.svgRojava Autonomy has published its Social Contract in January 2014. It was a milestone on a long way originated in Turkey, where Abdullah Ocalan, imprisoned “king-philosopher” of Kurdish diaspora, keeps setting ideological directions for the PKK-supporting community. His book, first published in 2011, triggered a radical change in PKK stance, as they dropped both Marxist ideology and military confrontation with the Turkish government. Kurds begun to build their own “parallel polis” first in Turkey, and later in Rojava – on the area of northern Syria. Famous of their heroic – and victorious – struggle against ISIL, Rojava people are now trying to rebuild their structures.

450px-Flag_of_the_EZLN.svgThe EZLN (Neo  Zapatistas) started their political system in 1994, in a Mexican back-country of Chiapas. They have the longest history of practical implementation. They are also famous of their non-violent tactics, including “net war” and efficient use of a “dense social environment” to stop aggression from the government. Just recently their “School of Freeedom” documents started being published in English. One of the fundamental documents, however, is the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, published in 2005, which full and revised English translation appeared in 2013.

None of these documents describes really an anarchist model. But there are at least three good reasons to give them a careful review:

  • Over the time I am more and more convinced, that anarchism – in all its flavours – is really the most demanding way of living. Very few people care and even less is able to go this way. That is why, for the sake of other people, we need also other alternatives to the existing, oppressive-by-design systems. So every model that is trying to introduce new realm of social relationships is worth analyzing.
  • As it was asserted in a an anarchist discussion on Rojava, there is a lot of common aspects between these models and the anarchist approach. We may learn from them, we may support them – even if they are going a different way.
  • Finally, I believe we are obliged to pay attention to those who – for better or worse – struggle for freedom, solidarity and justice. As much as we want them to pay attention to us.

So, hopefully, within next few weeks I will get back to you with some deeper reflection on these three roads to freedom. Meanwhile, if you spare some time to read documents linked here, it may trigger quite a nice discussion, I believe.

Have fun!

Help for Kobane. Join the effort.

thess-solid-kobaneIt is quite clear that Kobane is not going to fall to the ISIL brute force attack. The Islamic State squads are being beaten severely from many sides, not only in Rojava. But still Kobane may fall to the winter, hunger, thirst or illnesses. First civilians are returning to their ruined homes, with almost no infrastructure left, no food and the winter in it’s full swing. The Rojava Autonomy authorities already issued an appeal to the world, for help to keep the region alive. The scope of needs is broad, as detailed by Carl Drott, who personally surveyed situation in Kobane. His report was published by the Middle East Institute.

We need Kobane. All of us. Not just Europeans. We need Kobane not just as a resistance point against grim throat-cutters. We need Kobane as a place where a peaceful revolution occured in the beginning of this year. We need Kobane as the place where – amongst the war-torn, tribal and patriarchal environment – Kurds, Arabs, Assyrians and many other groups struggle to build democratic, peaceful and inclusive society. It is not a new state. It is just the peoples’ autonomy, way ahead of what is the political reality of current Syria, Turkey, Iraq or Iran. That is why we need Kobane alive and kicking.

Greek society is one of the most crisis-influenced groups within Europe. But Greeks developed strong sense of solidarity and self-governance, which extends beyond their own social network. A renowned organisation, Solidarity For All, in alliance of other groups, runs a campaign to support civilian refugees in Kobane. The action is aimed on setting up a convoy to deliver goods straight to Kobane, to make sure they would reach those in need. The campaign synopsis says

SOLIDARITY keeps LIFE

Where there are flames and explosions there are always refugees. While the fighting rages around Kobane, hundreds of thousands of people, mostly women and children, will soon find themselves in the grip of winter. Today, 100,000 refugees are concentrated in Sourouts region in southeastern Turkey and live in tents. Only one third of the refugees can be provided the basic means of subsistence.

The responsibility of the international community is huge. In Greece of crisis and poverty, we decided to accept a part of this responsibility. Faced with the image of refugees and humanitarian crisis the Sto Kokkino, KETHEA, Solidarity4all, Social solidarity clinic-pharmacy Attica and ADEDY organize nationwide solidarity campaign for refugees of Kobane and the surrounding areas with the participation of municipalities and radio stations across the country.
Until Wednesday, December 31 we shall be collecting food, toiletries and medical supplies.

We appeal to this colorful galaxy of Greece crisis resistant, organized and seasoned collectives, organizations, clubs, associations, municipalities, solidarity structures to immediately begin collecting the necessary items.

The supplies we are going to transport to Kobane:

  • Long-term stockable foods (legumes, pasta, rice, sugar, infant milk and cream powder)

  • Personal hygiene items (diapers and towels)

  • Medications (antipyretics, antihypertensives, broad spectrum antibiotics, painkillers, traumatology material as gauze, Betadine, bandages, alcohol, drugs for diabetics)

Indicative list of pharmaceuticals and materials (the names are for reference only, all generic equivalents are also needed):

  • Antibiotics – pills, syrup, injectable – Augmentin, Ceclor, Amoxil, Begalin, Ciproxin

  • Antipyretic – anti-inflammatory-analgesics – Depon, Panadol, Mesulid, Ponstan, Bruffen, Voltaren

  • Antihypertensive – Lopresor, Tenormin, Carvepen, Lobivon, Normolose

  • Diuretics – Lasics, Frumil, Fludex

  • Diabetics – (unrefrigerated) – Glucophage, Soloza, Diamicron, Actos

  • Antiplatelet – Salospir, Plavix, Aflen, Carder

  • Traumatology materials – Gauze, Betadine, Disposable gloves, bandages, alcohol, Cotton, Sera, Antiseptic hemostatics,

  • Vitamins and food supplements

  • Antidiarrhea and other stomach realted -Imodium, Almora, Primperan, Ersefuril, Zantac, Losec

    Medicines should have an expiry date greater than the period of six months, ie not expire earlier than July 2015. All packages should be unused.

Donated goods are being collected in a great number of places throughout Greece – see the campaign page for the complete list. For those who are outside Greece, or who just want to donate money, there is also an option of bank transfer. The account is set up in the National Bank of Greece, IBAN: GR6801100400000004000170193 BIC ETHNGR AA

So, the bottom line is:

  1. We need to support Kobane to recover from the war.
  2. Greek campaigners are going to deliver the help directly there.
  3. You may easily bring the goods to the nearest collection point, or send money to the bank account.

Just do it. Help Kobane recover!