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From Siwêrekê to Stockholm

By: Fargo Bcn

The autobiography book "Ji Siwêrekê Heta Stockholmê" by Keya Îzol is truly a captivating and profound narrative that delves into the experiences of Kurdish individuals living abroad. I wholeheartedly recommend the book to anyone interested in the experiences of the Kurds overseas, particularly in the cultural intersections between the Kurdish diaspora and Swedish society. Keya Îzol's intense narrative chronicles his remarkable 50-year journey in Sweden, offering a compelling insight into the resilience and strength of individuals navigating life in a new and foreign land. His extensive involvement in the Kurdish community and his significant contributions to Swedish culture make this autobiography a captivating and enlightening read. This isn't just a book but a well-documented life adventure that describes a journey of resilience and writing. This book serves as a momentum and a milestone achievement that marks a Jubilarian celebration, commemorating a half-century of meaningful existence in the life of Keya Îzol. As someone interested and intrigued by the stories of Kurdish immigrants, this book has captured my attention with its compelling depiction of Keya Îzol's experiences from childhood to adulthood and the unwavering spirit of resilience and perseverance it exemplifies. I absolutely recommend this well-crafted testament to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the Kurdish diaspora experience and the enduring power of the written word.

December 2, 2023: The successful book launch was held in Stockholm, Sweden, with the participation of writers, poets, and academic personalities.

December 17, 2023: Keya Izol speaks about his book during the annual congress meeting of the Kurdish Federation of Finland held in Helsinki.

Keya Izol's remarkable journey and active role in significant historical events make this book an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to understand the Kurdish diaspora, its challenges, developments, and the critical roles that have shaped it. The book provides insights into Keya Îzol's journey and sheds light on vital aspects of Kurdish society abroad that are often unknown to many.

His contributions to the publishing industry, such as translating Swedish children's books into Kurdish for the first time and his active involvement and leadership in the Kurdish Federation in Sweden, demonstrate his commitment to preserving and promoting Kurdish culture and language. Moreover, Keya Îzol has written a new study on the Kurdish issue and authored reports titled “Dengê me paşeroja me ye” (Our Voice is Our Future) and “Çanda namûsê” (Culture of Honor). He is also recognized as one of the pioneering members and founders of the DIAKURD- Kurdish Diaspora Confederation. His extensive work in political and democratic spheres has left a lasting impact on the Kurdish and Swedish communities.

I must admit that one of the most poignant sections of the book that truly touched me delves into the deep and enduring friendship between Mehmed Uzun and Keya Îzol. The moving scenarios, the steadfast love, compassion, and devotion seen in the years of close friendship together have tremendously touched people's lives. Their unwavering bond was unshakable. From their childhood in Siwêrekê that continues to their lives in Stockholm, their friendship exemplifies unwavering loyalty and sincerity, persisting until Mehmed's final moments. The solid and endearing friendship endured the trials of pain and illness, which are admirable and withstand time. It's worth acknowledging that this part of the book is genuinely moving and the tip of the iceberg.

I'm extremely grateful to the modern technology that revolutionized the advanced translation system, where readers can engage with this powerful narrative and gain valuable insights. I recommend diving into this book to gain a deeper understanding of the life and works of Keya Îzol. Reflecting on his life, he emphasizes two critical phases: his childhood until high school and his years of political and democratic work since 1974. He believes it is vital for people, especially the new generation, to know how the Kurdish diaspora journey began, its stages, breakthroughs, and obstacles. By sharing these experiences with readers, he aims to contribute to the work of the Kurds in the diaspora and shed light on important events and unknown aspects. This book reminds us that history lessons are not limited to the last 50-60 years; they draw our attention to significant events and many unknown aspects worth discovering.

NOTE: The top photo was taken in 1974 in Stockholm during the first year of Keya Îzol in Sweden. It's the original cover photo of the book designed and published by Avesta, All other photos were taken during the launch of his book, "Ji Siwêrekê Heta Stockholmê," in Stockholm and in a separate venue in Helsinki, Finland, to speak about his book. Photo credits to Kurdish Federations of both associations in Sweden and Finland.


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