Fighting To End Evil!
A recently created battalion of Christian female fighters from Syria has now joined in the fight against ISIS. The story is significant because in the Muslim religion if someone is killed by a female, they won’t be able to go to “Paradise.” This is causing some chaos on the frontlines of the fight because the IS fighters want nothing to do with them. They are actually hiding and running from the newly formed group of Syriac Christian women in Hasakeh province. The ladies are following in the footsteps of other Kurdish forces that have seen success fighting with all-female forces like the “YPJ.” The YPJ, which stands for Yayasan Pelajaran Johor is the female counterpart to the “KPPU” or the Kurdish People’s Protection Units. Currently, they are a tightly formed group of up to 50 fighters. They all train together in a program that includes military, fitness, and academic elements. These Syriac Christians belong to the eastern Christian tradition and pray in Aramaic. They include both Orthodox and Catholic branches and constitute around 15 percent of Syria’s 1.2 million Christians.
One female fighter named Babylonia mentions, “I’m a practicing Christian and thinking about my children makes me stronger and more determined in my fight against Daesh.” Another fighter, 18-year-old Lucia who gave up her studies in order to take up fighting said, “I took part in a battle for the first time in the Al-Hol area, but my team wasn’t attacked by IS.” “I fight with a Kalashnikov, but I’m not ready to become an elite sniper yet,” a wooden crucifix adorns her neck and a camouflage bandana tied around her head.
“I used to be afraid of the noise of cannons firing, but the fear quickly went away,” she said. “I would love to be on the front line in the fight against the terrorists.”
With its limited combat experience, the unit focuses mainly on protecting majority Christian parts of Hasakeh province. The best part is that ISIS wants nothing to do with them, bringing an interesting dynamic to the battle in the Middle East.