How Syria’s Kurds are trying to create a democracy

  • Loading...
  • Published on:  Monday, March 12, 2018
  • It’s an unlikely place for a democratic revolution.Watch more Vox Atlas: to our channel! the start of the Syrian civil war, Kurdish people in the North have carved out an autonomous region of their own — Rojava — by fighting the Islamic State. Their militias, which form the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), have emerged as the most effective fighters against ISIS and won them a close partnership with the US. The ruling Kurdish Party, the PYD, has set up a democratic federation made of local governments. Their constitution claims to accept people of all ethnicities and religions and treat them as equals. One of its central tenets is equality of men and women. In fact, the all-female Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ) militia fights alongside the SDF, and they’re known to be especially good soldiers. But the more territory the Kurds take from ISIS, the more worried Turkey gets.Turkey has been at war with another closely linked Kurdish group, the PKK, for decades. In 2018, Turkey invaded the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin, putting the country in direct conflict with the Kurds of Rojava. To truly understand the international conflicts and trends shaping our world you need a big-picture view. Video journalist Sam Ellis uses maps to tell these stories and chart their effects on foreign is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out our full video catalog: Vox on Facebook: Twitter:


  • Vox
    Vox  a years ago +414

    Welcome to another episode of Vox Atlas! We’re using maps to explore today’s most complex geopolitical, foreign policy, and conflict stories. The videos can be found in this playlist: And please send me story suggestions in the comments!

  • Erik Arustamyan
    Erik Arustamyan  a years ago +1126

    US used the kurds as a means to defeat Isis then stopped supporting them once Isis was gone even though that's when the kurds needed their help the most.
    Seems like a US thing to do...

  • Young nd
    Young nd  a years ago +2607

    So, US abandoned Kurds when it found out that they are no longer useful?

  • Roni Majid
    Roni Majid  a years ago +338

    Man, im a kurd myself from afrin, and this is the best video about rojava ive ever seen, thank you for making this video about us, god bless you.

  • Ashish Krishna Pandey
    Ashish Krishna Pandey  a years ago +45

    Kurds and Turkey have turned on each other. Two of US's allies fighting each other. Well done USA! Thank you for creating another mess and exporting "freedom" and "democracy".

  • Craig Morrison
    Craig Morrison  a years ago +348

    It's a very different kind of democracy in rojava. It is a form of left wing libertarian kind of direct democracy known as democratic confederalism. The Kurdidh are definitely the most moral group in Syria.

    ZARDU HASSELFRAU  4 months ago +147

    Oil on Mars
    Murica declare war

    TAN ASIAN  6 months ago +119

    I stand with kurd women fighters

  • Darth Veles
    Darth Veles  a years ago +383

    Solidarity with the Kurds from the U.S.

  • /:
    /:  a years ago +2297

    Its sad How little people know about this but still have strong opinions

  • Martin Hu
    Martin Hu  a years ago +90

    love to kurds, from China

  • Adam
    Adam  a years ago +18

    You mean abusing a civil war to carve their own bit of land to rule and divide their country?

  • Dr0pkidd
    Dr0pkidd  7 months ago +145

    I'm down with the Kurds having their own state finally.

  • iProHooDini
    iProHooDini  a years ago +10

    The ypg is still getting weapons from the us btw

  • Maher F
    Maher F  a years ago +669

    I'm Syrian (from the south) we have high hopes that one day all of us will live together peacefully. it breaks my heart to see my country torn apart and I think that our Kurdish brothers and sisters have suffered more than enough even before the crisis. they fought ISIS beside us with honor and I dream of our day of unity where we live different but together.

  • Masoud Aqil
    Masoud Aqil  2 months ago +42

    Long live Kurdistan
    Long live Rojava

  • Zorga M
    Zorga M  1 months ago +7

    Love and respect to kurds brothers from israel

  • James Moon
    James Moon  5 months ago +111

    I really hope the best for the Kurds.

  • Shahnid Ismail
    Shahnid Ismail  5 months ago +45

    Interesting that vox didnt say how russia helped defeat isis

  • The assyrian Kingdom
    The assyrian Kingdom  4 months ago +34

    I am an Assyrian from syria and i love kurds ❤