İhsan and his two sons, Haydar and Rojhat, are now defending Kirkuk after fighting ISIS gangs in the resistance at Makhmur.
The family spent 15 years at the Makhmur Martyr Rustem Cudi camp, until attacks by ISIS gangs. With the terrorist attacks, İhsan and his sons Haydar and Rojhat took up arms, like many of the residents of Makhmur camp, to defend the camp along with PKK guerrillas. They fought for 4 days against the gangs.
Ishan says he is honoured to be deployed in the same emplacement as his sons. He adds that they will do whatever it takes for the defence of the people. He says that although war is not a pleasant thing, they have no alternative as Kurds to fighting oppression.
A Yazidi family
holds photos of male relatives killed by ISIS as they tried to flee the
town of Tel Azer, near Sinjar. “I hid under blankets and heard
shooting,” said one boy. “I came out and saw everyone—my uncles,
father—dead.” Only one adult male in the family survived.