EXTRAORDINARILY Brave Girl Who Left College To Fight ISIS Says They’re ‘Easy To Kill’
Yesterday we discussed how ISIS is getting desperate. Today we feature Joanna Palani, a girl who left her cushy life of studying politics and philosophy in college to travel to war-torn Syria to fight ISIS and make them even more desperate.
At 22-years-old, Joanna left her college in Copenhagen, Denmark to join the People’s Protection Unit (YPG) and later the Peshmerga (Kurdish for “one who stands in front of death”) to fight ISIL in Syria.
Palani has it in her blood to battle these menacing forces, she is the daughter and grand-daughter of Peshmerga fighters. Joanna is an Iranian Kurd who was born in a United Nations refugee camp in Ramadi, Iraq in 1993, after her family was forced to flee their home during the Gulf War. Her family moved to Copenhagen when she was a toddler. Joanna fired her first rifle at 9-years-old, and one of her favorite hobbies was shooting targets.
“I love it, it is my life,” Joanna told Vice. “It is very normal for Kurds to learn to use weapons like this.”