August 10, 2020
“I started dancing halparke since I was 6. As a child, I used to help my father who was a member of a halparke group. We started out as a group of 5 people at the Afrin community center. We would participate in all events and national celebrations. I was very happy when we would participate in Newroz celebrations, I felt like we are the protectors of our culture against the Syrian Baath party.
I really enjoyed folklore halparke and had learned the dances of all the Kurdish regions. I became a halparke dance instructor at 14. One of my best memories is from when I was 12, there was a halparke group that did not accept members under 18, but I participated with them and came in the first place”.