Representatives of the exiled Kurdish opposition in Syria delivered documents to Eva Hauksdóttir in Glasgow on Friday, confirming that her son, Haukur Hilmarsson, was killed during a Turkish air raid in Afrin on February 24, Vísir reports. Continued bombing has prevented Haukur’s body, as well as those of two other individuals who died in the attack, from being retrieved.
The representatives provided Vísir with a copy of the documents, specifically statements from fellow members of the YPG, or People’s Protection Units militia, as well as from the commander of the International Freedom Brigade (IFB), the YPG’s foreign member branch, which also posted about Haukur’s death on their Facebook page.
A letter from Haukur’s comrades explains that communication difficulties and ongoing warfare prevented them from notifying his mother of his death earlier. Also included was the IFB’s statement to the Kurds about Haukur’s death and his death certificate. He was 31 years old.
The letter described Haukur as a person who loved both people and nature. It said that he also felt a strong connection to Afrin and intended to move there after the end of the war. The letter also said that Haukur fought with great courage, first against ISIS and later, against the Turks and their allies in Afrin.
“He fought side by side with many young Arabs and helped them often, even though they didn’t speak the same language. They got along well because of Haukur’s goodness and his unique personality. He told jokes often but didn’t want to hurt anyone. He was always thinking about how we could support the revolution and sharing his thoughts.”
“He stood incredibly firm in his beliefs,” the letter continued, “and that, in addition to his personality, meant that he was quick to become a leader in the regiment and was a representative for his comrades in our unit. He trusted us, and we trusted him completely.”