NAME | ئالین

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my name, my beautiful Kurdish name that was rooted in culture and history. My name, spoke on the tongue of my mother and father for the first time when I was born.
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my name, my beautiful Kurdish name that planted the first seed in me that would grow to be my Kurdish identity. A name that spoke meaning on the culture of my people, the meaning of Kurdish traditions.
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I am claiming back my name that got lost in the white clouds of assimilation. In the same Kurdish language my parents used when I was born. There will no longer be an english version to use as back-up when you choose not to pronounce the name I was born to be.
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I will not apologize for my constant corrections when you mispronounce my Kurdish name because it does not fit into your vocabulary. I will not be silent when you cover the white clouds in my name to fit to your liking. I will speak up and make sure you are aware of the meaning behind the name I was given and the history that comes from those four letters. I will speak up and be proud when I listen to Kurdish music that speak the words of my name. To be proud hearing my parents simply call my name because of the pure connection I feel my name has to my rooted identity.
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my beautiful Kurdish name is a name that protected me from the white clouds that tried to surround me every-time I stepped out of my Kurdish home. It grounds me in a home that I do not see everyday, but pray that one day I will embrace. My beautiful Kurdish name was given to me by my beautiful Kurdish parents who battled for freedom and the joy of simply living.
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Do not disrespect the need for my parents to keep their Kurdish culture alive just to try and fit it into your world. I will not get lost in this assimilated version of society, there will be no more silence that surrounds me when my Kurdish name becomes an English escape. 
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my beautiful Kurdish name is Alîn (Alê) and this is the only version of me I will be.
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