SPEAK UP, the Turkish human rights platform based in Istanbul, Diyarbakır and Eskişehir, have recently released their interview with İlhan Sami Çomak, the Kurdish poet, unjustly imprisoned since 1994
Kurdish song Şivan perwer – ‘Who are we?’
I’m ready. I’m sad. I’m angry. With no more tears,
just one thought on my mind:
I shall protect my family, my homeland,
the earth belongs to us, not to the IS fascists.
Before our life was different.
A plot of land was ours, sweet tomatoes, cucumbers,
our shaggy goats free,
their milk and cheese so white and gleaming,
the chickens pecked in grass and gravel,
their clucking the softest sound of peace.