Ahead of the 2021 Huseyin Çelebî Literature Festival on 23 October in Freiburg, Peace in Kurdistan publishes this message in honour of Huseyin Çelebî.
This message can be downloaded as a pdf here: https://www.peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Peace-in-Kurdistan-remembers-Huseyin-Çelebî.pdf
Peace in Kurdistan remembers Huseyin Çelebî
Peace in Kurdistan remembers Huseyin Çelebî as an outstanding Kurdish political activist and fighter for his people’s freedom.
As a Kurd whose family had been displaced from their homeland following the Dersim Massacre of 1938, Huseyin was born into a family whose background was steeped in the history of the Kurdish struggle. Involvement in politics was second nature to him. Activism was an inescapable and integral part of who he was from his earliest days.
Driven by a passion for justice exemplified in the cause of the Kurdish liberation struggle, Huseyin Çelebî’s bravery was unsurpassed and commitment unflinching. His life became an embodiment of that cause, and the cause grew in strength with his participation and through the enduring example of his steadfastness and ultimate martyrdom.
As one of those accused in Germany’s notorious show trial of Kurdish political activists that was held in Dusseldorf between 1989 and 1994, Huseyin Çelebî remained unbowed and his commitment undiminished. In fact, his stature as a human being and as a fighter for freedom were only strengthened through that experience.
In a short but intense life, he showed outstanding abilities as an activist, leader and human being. He possessed all those essential qualities of loyalty, courage and intelligence that comprise the best of what it means to be fully human.
A founding member of the Kurdistan Students’ Union in Europe, his prowess as a young leader was clearly demonstrated at an early age.
He dedicated his life to his people’s liberation and to this day he continues to be a role model for Kurdish youth and an inspiration to all those working for the freedom of the Kurds.
Peace in Kurdistan honours his memory. His life and dedication will continue to motivate all our actions.
POEM IN MEMORY OF HUSEYIN ÇELEBÎ
Our Freedom – our freedom – our freedom
a sound we repeat with angry lips
under the exchange of fire
we run after it
despite our chains
and follow its tracks
despite the night
and struggle ardently
for our freedom
We shall carve its name
while we resist
on the land
by the walls
and the doors
and the fields
on every hill
and every valley
and every curve
in the torture rooms
despite the chains
and house demolitions.
We shall carve its name
Until we see it again
Extending to our homeland
by our freedom.
And the night vanishes
and the day breaks
our freedom – our freedom – our freedom.
Estella, 14 October 2021
Peace in Kurdistan
Campaign for a political solution of the Kurdish Question
Contacts Estella Schmid: 07846 666 804 & Melanie Gingell: 07572 430903
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