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Leave Me Alone (AWAKA LESHT NADAM HAR DAMBAI)

which literally means, "River! Are you going to drown me, even if I don't cross you?"


This is a Kurdish way of saying "leave me alone," or to ask in surprise, "Will I be guilty even if I have done nothing?"

The prosperity of any nation, and the peace in any community, depends on the rule of law and justice. Any corruption in the justice system will ruin people's lives and make them miserable. I am not saying this because of something that I read in books or because of what I believe. I am saying this because of what I’ve seen with my own eyes and what I’ve experienced in my life.

I grew up in the time of revolutionary courts, which for decades we called slaughterhouses, especially from 1970 to 1991. No one had ever been brought to those courts except to be given the death penalty or at least twenty years in prison. The only evidence ever used in those courts was secret evidence, gathered by intelligence by means of torture. They used to bring the accused to court with broken hands, legs, or shoulders, or swollen faces and black eyes, or severed ears and noses, or fingers with the nails pulled out. Most of the accused were not able to sit or stand to hear the judges read the fabricated verdicts. All of the judges in those courts were comrades from the revolution, and all they needed for a verdict was a two-minute videotape of the person admitting guilt under duress and torture. The judges would play the tape for the accused and then, in the name of justice, read the verdict of the death penalty. Long live justice! Long live the revolution!

As a result of this, we lost thousands of our youth, and millions fled the country. We reached the point when no one was able to trust his friends or neighbors, or even his brothers or family members! Everyone was scared of everyone else. We used to say this proverb to each other a lot in those days, whenever someone tried to make us talk or forced us to do anything or go anywhere with him. Our answer always was, "Awaka lesht nadam har dambai," which was a common way of saying, "Leave me alone." Usually this proverb is used now whenever someone puts pressure on you to utter or do things you don't want to do, or whenever you want to express your feelings as an innocent person who has been unfairly targeted and wrongfully convicted. You want to let people know that you have neither done anything wrong, nor will you throw yourself to the river for the currents to drown you and take you away.

During the time of corruption, innocent people always ended up in prison, and many drowned even if they didn't cross a river. We were like second-class citizens. It seemed that since we Kurds were the minority, we were always guilty. Our existence was itself a crime. We became the main problem. We never saw any fair trials, and we were never treated as complete human beings. But it was not only the Kurds; all ethnic minorities in the East suffered from the same situation. That's the reason millions migrated to the West. Yet it seemed like their native guilt followed them. Unfortunately, many of those immigrants have become victims of their own ethnicity, and they soon start experiencing similar situations. It's like history is repeating itself, but this time in the West.

The truthfulness of equal rights, justice for all, and the concept of a fair trial can be only exposed when a minority, those less fortunate, or strangers are put on trial. The fabrication of false charges to send innocent people to prison for a long time will never make a community safer. In fact, it destroys it and divides it, the same way as in my country. No one should be punished for something he didn't do––except if he is doing nothing and acting as though nothing is wrong––as in the following joke. One day a student asked his teacher, "Is it fair to punish someone for something he didn't do?" "No," said the teacher. "Do you punish someone for something he didn't do?" "No!" repeats the teacher. "Well,” said the student, “I didn't do my homework then."

Similarly, is it fair to punish someone for not doing his duty? But this proverb isn't about this example. Rather, it's about pressing fictitious charges against innocent people and therefore punishing them. It's like drowning on dry land.

08/31/2010