Kobani – a symbol forgotten
For months, global media followed the battle between ‘IS’ and Kurdish forces in the Syrian city, Kobani. Today, with IS pushed to the countryside, there is scant attention for a city that was nearly obliterated.
On an overcast afternoon in central Berlin, a few steps from the city’s upscale boutiques and glass-fronted parliament buildings, Idriss Nassan Alirahim, a soft-spoken man dressed in an immaculate suit, tried to put on a brave face when he recalled the death and destruction back home. His house, he said, had been almost completely destroyed by ‘Islamic State’ extremists. Daysh fighters, he said, using the term many Arab speakers use for the militants of the self-proclaimed ‘Islamic State,’ (IS), had burned everything in the house.
“They left only one room.” He shrugged: “Maybe because they were living in it.”
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Source News: DW