Ersin Caksu reports: Kobane is imbued with a tremendous spirit of solidarity.
Travelling around the city by day is simple because the first vehicle you meet on the street will stop and the driver will offer you a lift.
Maybe that solidarity helps explain why Kobane has held out for so long.
Very few people are still living in their own houses. When necessary, the doors of empty properties are opened and needy people are relocated.
Those still in their homes share the cheese, pickles, jams and dried vegetables they have stocked for the winter with those in need.
Although people have few belongings left, they get by through sharing what they have.
For example, if a car is needed, the YPG unlock a garage, put the owner’s name and the car’s number plate on record so that they can be compensated, and the vehicle is used.
There is no commercial activity in the city. The only business still open is the bakery.
The bread produced here is distributed free among the people.
Other food, which is mainly canned food from the stocks and from the humanitarian aid sent to Kobane, is distributed on certain days of the week as equally as possible.
Water is distributed by tankers. The local administration also distributes flour once every three days. Five households share a 50kg (110lb) sack of flour.
Those civilians who can provide voluntary help behind the frontline.
They repair vehicles, guns and generators, in a city that has had no electricity for the past 18 months.
They help doctors tend to the wounded, carry arms and ammunition to the frontline, cook for fighters and repair their clothes. [Continue reading…]