Asia 1828 1829 Sybille Sciamma

Asia Ramazan Antar, a Kurdish Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ) fighter,  Photo Alberto Hugo Rojas / The Times

Asia Ramazan Antar
was killed at 19 years old
fighting ISIS in Syrian Kurdistan

amongst war communication
and propaganda
who was she really?

this picture of her
I kept for years
on my computer desktop

with her knowing look
from a corner of my screen
she would smile at me endlessly

her hair flying around
somewhere in the desert
an epitone of youth life and courage

the magic of a picture
a precious instant, a precious self
forever young and alive and brave

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