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From Sulaymaniyah to Manchester – grief and solidarity against hate

Tuesday 23 May 2017, by siawi3

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From Sulaymaniyah to Manchester – grief and solidarity against hate

Posted by Maryam Namazie
On May 23, 2017

I returned today from Sulaymaniyah, Iraq after speaking at the founding Congress of Enlightenment Feminism (more of this soon). The city – next to Iran and not far from Daesh held territories – is a testament to the fight against Islamist terrorism and for secularism and a renewed enlightenment. There, people mourn their children and loved ones lost but keep on fighting for those still living. I returned to London only to find that Manchester was mourning its children.
The grief is unbearable in both cities – as in many cities worldwide – but the fight against hate and for human solidarity is too great to defeat – no matter how many acts of terrorism.
It may sound cliché, but our common humanity and solidarity will conquer all.
How those killed will be missed…