Portrait of Beritan Khabat, 20, from Derek. She joined YPJ four years ago in order to "protect her homeland and put an end to the suppression of women". Beritan believes that in her society women s
hould be armed with guns and fight for their rights. Rojava, Serikani, Syria. 2015. She says that they have created a new idea for the men of the world. telling them that women too can be good fighters. "I fought with ISIS in Jezza and Serikani. And the first time I heard the sound of bullets next to my ears was in Talala town, while I was fighting with ISIS for the first time. The first time I thought about facing ISIS, my whole body was shivering and the whole thing seemed more like a joke to me. But when I thought deeply, I realized that I was going to fight with a radical group, and this empowered me so much that all my fears faded away. Women of YPJ are not scared of ISIS".
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