The Story of Disabled Peshmerga Fighting ISIS
Mohamed Sleman, a Peshmerga Volunteer known as "Hama Rash", is a young disabled man born in 1975 in Penjwen district in Kurdistan Region. Despite losing one of his legs in the 1990s in an incident, he is now fighting against the Islamic State (IS) alongside the Peshmerga forces on the Makhmour-Gwer frontline.
Hama Rash is focused on fighting IS militants all the time using the heavy machine DShK (Dushka) with his two walking canes, and he's had a significant role in warding off jihadists many times. He sometimes stands straight with the support of his canes on the military vehicle watching the spots of IS bases.
Speaking to Anadolu Turkish Agency, Hama Rash said " I am physically disabled and have taken part in many battles on the MakhmourGwer frontline with Peshmerga forces, using DShK machine.”
"Najat Ali, a Peshmerga Commander, was astonished with my courage while I was fighting alongside the Peshmerga forces against IS in Jalawla, therefore he encouraged me and supported me to voluntarily join Peshmerga at the Makhmour- Gwer frontline.”
There are people paying huge amounts of money to avoid war and be safe, but there are also stories of valiants like Hama Rash, who are voluntarily, at their own expense, travel miles to reach the battlefields.
His love for his nation drives him to travel 350 km from his hometown to the Makhmour-Gwer frontline.
"I'm honoured to voluntarily fight beside Peshmerga to defend my homeland against IS attacks, because it is embarrassing to me to stay home and watch Peshmerga sacrificing their lives to protect us".