Anna Campbell

My government and the Western world left you alone to face the second largest army in NATO. I won’t abandon you.

This week’s brave #Changemaker, Anna Campbell, died this week in the name of freedom, democracy and equality. Originally from East Sussex in the United Kingdom, Anna could no longer watch the atrocities in Syria from afar. Last May, she traveled to the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Northern Syria - Rojava, where Anna joined the all-female army unit known as the YPJ and fought passionately against Isis, fiercely defending freedom for the Syrian people.

Anna was adamant about heading to Afrin, under Turkish attack since January, and though many argued it was too dangerous, Anna was committed to defending the people there. “My government and the Western world left you alone to face the second largest army in NATO,” she said. “I won’t abandon you.” Anna’s convoy was hit by a Turkish airstrike on March 16th, where she died serving a cause she believed in to her core. Anna is the first British female to die in the conflict, and her death reminds us that the bravery of one person can inspire the world. Rest in Peace Anna Campbell. And thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifice in the name of making sure that the world won't sit back while Syria continues to face death and destruction.