People who have a big love for life, and women who want to live freely, recreate themselves while walking difficult paths. The ones that make the decision to walk on the path of freedom are the ones that know how to recreate themselves.
The ones that accept this struggle against such a big injustice, nastiness, colonialism as a form of life, know also that it’s not just the path of a selected few people. They know that it’s not just done with smartness and physical strength but more with the strength of the heart. They become one with the path they walk on. They become the path. They become the aim they wanted to reach on this path.
To choose the difficult, to choose the impossible is the character of those who have not yet lost the power of meaning and courage. The ones who want to continue to live their life with some human dignity don’t choose easy and cheap successes. One of the things that makes them different is this: To pass the mental borders which were made by the mentality and rules of the capitalist-patriarchal system, one always has to question. To find new things, one always has to be searching. This was the quality of Alina Sanchez ,“Legerin,” who in her search for a free life wandered across the world, thousands of kilometers away from the earth she was born on.
I will not talk very long about the life of comrade Legerin, who in every approach, in every movement in life showed the beauty of her thoughts and of a heart looking for freedom. I will tell you some memories of ours from different times and places, where our paths crossed each other’s.
We met in Europe. The first time I saw comrade Legerin it had a very different effect on me. She was introduced to the Kurdish people and their struggle for freedom while travelling. She was a medical student. In this field, she met with young Kurds who also studied the same course.
The hundreds-of-centries-old struggle against colonialism, capitalism on the American continent, the experience and stories of the resistance of woman and the peoples had a big impact on the personality of comrade Legerin and her stand in life. She made it to one of her fundamental principles and her philosophy to stand against injustice wherever it occurred and to stand side by side wherever there was resistance.
This was exactly the first energy I received from her when I met comrade Legerin. It seemed that she knew the Kurds for years and also knew the Kurdish freedom struggle very well. Even though she had just met these people and did not know a single word of their language, she was able to directly interact with them very warmly. Someone’s sincerity, someone’s naturalness is a proof of how strong the convictions of a person are.
We didn’t speak the same language as comrade Legerin but as women, as women in the search for freedom, we had a lot in common. We spoke with the language of our hearts and intuitive logic. She was a woman that had the power to do so. In her eyes, in her looks you could see that she had quite a few questions. Questions that were a lot more than just “Who are the Kurds, where is Kurdistan?” She wanted to understand and learn about the ideology and philosophy of their struggle.
Yes, she was intrigued by the fight for the freedom of Kurdistan but she was very interested in the deeper ideological-philosophical-
Every revolutionary has the thirst for adventure, that’s how it should be. That always leads her/him towards the new and it’s one of the things that are an obstacle against being kept in a place or staying there for too long. That, at the same time, is this aim of the universe. It is the ‘search for freedom’.
It is important to know that the path of the revolution is not decorated with a lot of safeties or circumstances of guarantees for your life. Stability, a constantness doesn’t exist. A revolutionary or an explorer has to maintain their energy, always, in relation to their search or movement. This exactly, this flow of energy, was possible to see in the character of comrade Legerin.
Comrade Legerin chose her name herself. Legerin is Kurdish and means to wander or search. How meaningful… What a nice and meaningful connection to Abdullah Öcalan, the founder of the Kurdistan freedom struggle, the founder of this struggle and it’s first traveller. What a beautiful connection to his questioning of life and special form of searching… Because the Kurdistan freedom struggle is not just the search for liberation for colonized earth but also for the colonized woman, people, spirits, cultures, minds and hearts.
to be continued…