Nineveh Dilan, a Syriac girl from the city of Hasakah, and her comrade in arms, Babylonia David, who is from the Assyrian village of Tal Sukkari, carry their weapons carefully in military uniforms, and stand on the berm of Tal Najma Academy in the countryside of Tal Tamr, to observe the perimeter of their military post.
Since its formation in 2015, Nineveh has joined Bethnahrain Women's Protection Forces (HSNB) to confront the dangers threatening the Christian population, especially in the face of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist attacks against the Assyrian villages of the town of Tal Tamr, before being repelled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) at the time.
Her voice, which appears full of strength and will, Dilan carries her "K47" and says to North Press: "When HSNB forces were formed, we joined them to protect our civilization and our lands from all threats, especially the threat of ISIS.”
In 2015, Bethnahrain Women's Protection Forces formed the first academy for the Syriac women in the village of Rutan in the countryside of Tirbe-Spi (Qahtaniya). The academy included 60 young Syriac women of different ages, they formed another academy in the town of Derik in 2017, to be followed by a third one in the village of Tal Najma in the countryside Tal Tamr in mid-2018.
Despite the reluctance of her family to join the military life, Nineveh wanted to change the stereotype of the Syriac girl, whose activities were limited to working in the field of education and at home only, into "a strong girl who wants to defend her land and civilization.”
The Syriac female fighters took part in the military campaign to liberate al-Hawl from ISIS, in addition to al-Shaddadi campaign and the campaign of Raqqa in 2017, along with the male fighters within the ranks of the Syriac Military Council and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
During the last period, Nineveh and Babylonia were busy, together with their female comrades in HSNB and the Syriac Military Council in repelling the attacks of the Turkish military and its armed opposition groups on the region, to complete the mission now in helping the residents and protecting the Assyrian villages and the religious and historical monuments in the region in light of the continued Turkish shelling.
"I will continue my struggle and I will go on defending the region in the face of the Turkish threats and attacks. I will not allow anyone to erase the Christian presence in this region. I will defend until the last drop of my blood,” Nineveh said.
Referring to Babylonia and her other comrades, Nineveh added: "We came here while we don't know each other. We gathered on one goal, which is the protection of our Syriac, Assyrian and Chaldean people and all the peoples of the region, and to participate with men in the combating missions.”
In media statements and conferences last October, the Syriac Union Party and the Syriac Women Union warned against the repetition of historical massacres against the Christian population during the attacks of the Turkish military and its backed groups against them in the areas of Sere-Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) and Tal-Abyad (Gre-Spi).
The viewpoint of Babylonia David, who joined the HSNB three years ago, isn't different from Nineveh's, her comrade, as she was the eldest girl in her family, describing the house as a typical prison in which the girl cannot express her personality, since the customs and traditions control women in the villages.
In holding the weapon and fighting to protect the remaining Christians in the region, Babylonia sees a good cause that she seeks, saying: "Since joining the military forces, my personality has increased with strength and will, I have had a goal that I want to achieve, which is defending our people and protecting them from attacks,”
It didn't occur to Babylonia, Nineveh and dozens of Syriac and Assyrian female fighters that they would be on the front lines one day to repel the dangers on their villages, but the dangers of repetitive historical massacres committed against the Syriacs and the Christians, such as the Armenian Genocide (Seyfo), prompted them to do so.