The second time I met with comrade Legerin was in the mountains of freedom in Kurdistan, in the area of the guerilla.
She was visiting the guerilla in the mountains of Kurdistan and discussing and talking with them about historical, societal and ideological topics. We met in the academy of Martyr Zeynep Kınacı of the Free Woman’s Movement of Kurdistan.
Comrade Legerin gave seminars to teach about South America from a historical-religious-mythological-geographical-cultural and societal aspect. On the one hand she studied and learned about Kurdistan and the Middle East while on the other hand she told revolutionary women and men from Kurdistan about the history of colonization and resistance in America.
She managed to connect her people’s search for freedom, which had been ongoing for hundreds of years, with the one from the Middle East. She walked through the mountains, miles and miles. Under the sun of Kurdistan she sweated, became tired and set step by step she moved forward on these dusty paths. And whoever she met, if it was someone who had just joined the struggle or someone who had been fighting on these mountains for 40 years already 40 years, she never hid her smile which came from deep down in her heart.
In terms of language, she made progress with confident steps. She listened to everyone very carefully. Her laugh came from so deep inside, her participation in daily life was so natural that with her modesty she was able to create an atmosphere of deep friendship. Whoever saw her would assume that she had been living amongst the guerilla for years.
Her effort to read and understand the new paradigm of Leader Abullah Öcalan was very high. She had a very different approach then to just ‘show solidarity with the Kurdish people’. She joined with the responsibility of a revolutionary to put this paradigm for a democratic, ecological and woman’s liberating society into practice.
Whenever a guerilla fighter or commander saw her, and after finding out that she was from Argentina and studied medicine, they would tell her about Ernesto Che Guevarra and what Che’s meaning and importance was for them. And also they would emphasise ‘Yes our revolution and our people need support in the health and treatment sector’. But comrade Legerin didn’t accept to see herself just as a ‘doctor’. She would say: “Actually everyone on these mountains, everyone who is resisting, a Che.”
Comrade Legerin was proud that she would be returning to her own soils as a revolutionary. She had promised her family, to her mother and especially to her father, that she would finish studying medicine and get her diploma. She didn’t rest till she achieved this. Comrade Legerin also gave a promise during this visit to the mountains of Kurdistan to the guerilla of freedom in Kurdistan. And she went back to her country as a true revolutionary.
The life of Legerin
Comrade Legerin successfully finished her medical studies in Cuba in 2012. She got her diploma and went back to her country. She fulfilled the promise she gave to her loved ones. Here she met up with her Kurdish comrades on her own soil. She told them that she wanted to go to Kurdistan. She was told that as an international doctor her contribution to the revolution was very meaningful and valuable. But she aimed for something a lot bigger. She didn’t want to become just a doctor. She didn’t waned to live in the capitalist system and make some contribution with her job.
She would say: “I don’t have any dream, wish or search to return to a life within this system… I don’t want to live in this system. I want you to get me right. I don’t have the plan to go to Kurdistan and help and then come back here. I want to join the establishment and creation of a completely new system.”
This woman that was able to overcome all these borders which were drawn by this oppressive-state-colonizing system, this person that joined this revolutionary journey to live bigger, more meaningful and free also gifted us the power to develop new points of view. And comrade Legerin joined this growing struggle to create and build an alternative system, a system of democratic confederalism in Kurdistan, in Rojava.
Comrade Legerin chose her name herself. She found her own path to walk in the paradigm of democracy, ecology and woman’s liberation. I had the luck to meet her once again in Rojava. She worked in the hospital of Serekaniye. It was during the time when the offensive to liberate Minbic had started. A historical struggle against ISIS was unfolding. To save the wounded from the battlefield, comrade Legerin and all the other health workers worked day and night. Every death weighed over her, she looked like a shadow. It was readable from the look on her face how hard this pain was to loose a person physically. And to bring a person back to life… In these moments one could see how the eyes of comrade Legerin were filled with light and how the sun was glimmering in her face.
She worked in hard conditions. In these circumstances we had a chat for a few hours. We shared our thoughts, criticisms and suggestions on the Revolution of Rojava. And yes, once again I felt how deeply ideological her analyses of the circumstances were, with the point of view of our new paradigm and our existing positive and negative lessons learnt from this revolution.
She was not a spectator. I saw in her the standing of a vangarde woman that was taking her revolutionary responsibility. She had ideas and thoughts on everything from criticism to solutions. She was someone that didn’t gave up while confronted with difficulties but shared her quest for a solution with others. That way she was a vanguard for a communal life. She had the maturity, wherever she should be, in which revolution of the world she was fighting, to be able to keep standing, to take this responsibility.
When we said our last good-byes to each other, she said: ‘I’m really sorry but I gave to go back to the hospital, they brought wounded comrades, I have to be there.’ and went away. While I was looking at her walking away I understood once again that the Rojava Revolution and in general the revolution in Kurdistan managed to become universal with comrades like Legerin, growing more and more on a very stable fundament.
Legerin became our bridge to connect us to universal energy and to all the universal values of humanity. Yes, she opened up a new path for us. She managed to become one of our paths for the search of a free life. Now our march is for all the Legerins.
We were physically separated from eachother on 17 March 2018. This was very hard for us. To continue the path on which we walked with comrade Legerin, to be honored by being on the same side of the struggle with her, to get to know her gives us big responsibility and it strengthens us in our insistence in the search for a free life.