On Wednesday 20th September, SNP MSP for Cunninghame South, Ruth Maguire, joined colleagues from the SNP and Green parties at a fundraising dinner for the ‘Scotland School’ in Kobane, in Western Kurdistan/Rojava, Syria.

The destruction that has been caused there by ISIS means that there is a desparate need to reconstruct the city. When Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan met with representatives of the Kobane Legislative Council to ask what they could do to help, Fawza Abdi, a female leader and teacher, asked for funds to build a school for the children, and said:

“We will call it the Scotland School so that future generations of children will know of the solidarity of the people of Scotland.”

Commenting, Ruth, who is Deputy Convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Kurdistan, said:

“We all know the importance of education to a child’s, and a country’s, future, and I am proud to contribute to this project.

After the horrors of ISIS, the people of Kobane and of Kurdistan are now beginning to rebuild their cities and communities, and I am proud of the solidarity being shown by Scotland.

It was a pleasure to take part in the fundraising dinner and enjoy a lovely Kurdish meal for a such a good cause.”


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