The Story of Dis­abled Pesh­merga Fight­ing ISIS

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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".

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