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October 20, 2019

Novel sheds light on Kurdish women’s victory over ISIS!

In light of recent events with Turkey and Syria, author, Suzanne Strong’s novel Where the Sun Rises is particularly relevant as western attention is drawn to the plight of the Kurds.

President Trump announced the withdrawal of US troops from Northern Syria, and consequently, Turkey invaded Syria on October 9, to drive the Kurds from their long fought for territory.

Strong’s novel, Where the Sun Rises tells a firsthand story of the battle Kurdish female soldiers waged against Daesh in Kobane on the Turkish border.

Thousands of people fled Kobane, but a small number of Kurds stayed to fight. This battle was victorious and widely regarded as pivotal in leading to the demise of Daesh. It was predominantly fought by female militia, and these are the people Strong chose to write her novel about.

“I had been watching documentaries about these amazing women who were taking up arms against Daesh. They were ferocious, courageous and winning victories. I thought to myself, what if we could see this war through the eyes of these women?”

“Then straight away I had the two main characters, best friends, a mother and a soon to be doctor. Their friendship is the focus of the novel, their courage, devotion to one another but also the dilemmas they faced in this war.”

No one has fictionalised the Syrian war from the point of view of these women soldiers, and Strong wanted to tell their largely untold story.

“I was fascinated by how we often see courage as a purely male quality. But this is not the case. I wanted to show the courage of these women I was learning about.”

Strong conducted more than 2000 hours of research over three years, received support from the YPJ Kurdish Women’s forces, consulted with local Kurdish groups and wrote this novel for her Master of Arts.  She travelled to the Middle East to look into the ravaged country from the Golan Heights border. The battle for Kobane lasted six months and two days.

“My novel highlights the courage, bravery, friendship and sacrifice made by these strong women. It is a story of two best friends who stand by each other through everything.”

“I want to bring the stories of these Kurdish women into the consciousness of more people; to shed light on the plight of the women who fought to remove Daesh which helped all of our countries.”

Suzanne Strong is a journalist and author. She received RADF and Arts Queensland funding to support the development of her novel. Where the Sun Rises is available on Amazon and in other outlets online.

For further information or to arrange an interview please do not hesitate to contact Suzanne Strong on

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