Erin Trieb

Meet the Kurdish Women Fighting ISIS in Syria

Photo essay

Syria/US (2014)


According to an article in the Wall Street Journal:

“The jihadists don’t like fighting women, because if they’re killed by a female, they think they won’t go to heaven,” said one female [Kurdish] fighter.

Unfortunately, the truth of this is doubtful. But that shouldn’t diminish the fact that 7,000 volunteers have joined the Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ) to resist ISIS.

On the other hand, PKK, the Turkey-based, pro-Kurdish group they’re affiliated with is classified as a terrorist group by the US State Department. 

Girl power is very ethically complicated.


hey guys i know everyone is focusing on pakistan, ferguson, and palestine (which is good!!!) but please please dont forget about iraq.

isis (a terrorist organization) has made thousands flee their homes, convert or die, and are buying and selling women as slaves. innocent people are being beheaded, forced to stay in tents provided by unicef, and leaving the country as refugees.

isis are targeting the minorities of northern iraq, including the assyrians and chaldeans, which are the aboriginals of iraq.

quick ancient history lesson: 

  • iraq is modern day mesopotamia
  • mesopotamia is documented as the words first civilization
  • assyrians and chaldeans are mesopotamian

that means isis is ridding iraq and the world of its first civilization

i know barely anyone on tumblr is talking about this so you might not know who to reblog from.

here are some tags you can search:

  • iraq
  • isis
  • mosul
  • chaldeans
  • assyrians

isis is also targeting other minorities, like the kurdish people, whose military is fighting against isis.

when looking up the tags, you might see the word “christian” a lot and get confused. note: in iraq, the terms “christian” and “assyrian/chaldean” are used interchangeably. this is because assyrians and chaldeans are primarily christians.

the assyrians and chaldeans are to iraq what the native americans are to the US. they are a deep, intricate part of the middle easts history. please let it be known whats happening to them, and other iraqi minorities.

places you can donate-

Unicef Iraq