A new book by bestselling author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon tells the heroic story of the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in their defeat of ISIS in Kobani. The book, “The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice” also traces the personal stories of several YPJ commanders and other individuals before, during, and after the battle, and offers valuable political, ideological, and historic context for the fight.
There has already been a hotly contested bidding war for the rights to make a TV series based on the book, with the winning bid going to Hidden Light Productions, a new production company founded by former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea Clinton.
“Many of the YPJ fighters who have taken a look at The Daughters of Kobani are pleased that the book accurately tells the true story of their struggle on the battlefield and their courageous fight for women’s rights and human rights for all,” said Sinam Sherkany Mohamad, US Representative of the Syrian Democratic Council. “We look forward to seeing how Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and their team develop this story according to real events, portraying the authentic voices and ideas of our remarkable woman fighters.”
The US Mission of the Syrian Democratic Council hosted an online talk with author Lemmon the week before its release. Speakers includedSinam Mohamad and YPJ Commander Nesirin Abdullah.
The book discusses many figures associated with the Syrian Democratic Council, such as Ilham Ahmed, President of the Executive Council of the Syrian Democratic Council, and General Mazlum Abdi Kobane, SDF Commander and native of the Kobani area.
“I think It is a book worthy of resistance in Kobani and resistance of those women in the forefronts of the war,” said General Mazlum. “We are proud of such a work and hope there will be similar ones in the future.”