Kobane, Life Under Siege I crossed the Turkish-Syrian border illegally in the dark of one spring night. Led by Kurdish guides we walked for over two hours before we arrived at a Kobani in ruins. The birthplace of the Rojava Revolution came under attack by the Islamic State in the summer of 2014. The defenders of the city, outnumbered, outgunned, and besieged on all fronts, were determined to put up a fight. The battle for the city raged on for four months and at times the defenders of Kobani were short on food, water and ammunition, and yet they kept on resisting. Against all odds and expectations, the city did not fall and the city’s defenders turned the tide and drove out the Islamic State. In the end, Kobani was almost completely destroyed. When the siege of Kobane was over, it did not spell the end of resistance for the city; the struggle for survival was still alive as people tried to rebuild their homes. When I arrived in Kobani, the Islamic State was only 20 to 30 kilometers away. Kobani was still under siege but people still carried on. I witnessed life in a city under siege.
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