A BRITISH man who volunteered to fight for the Kurds against Islamic State has taken his own life, his father has said
Jamie Janson, the former great nephew of disgraced former politician John Profumo, was arrested after returning to the UK from Syria in May 2018.
His father Martin Janson, 72, confirmed his son had killed himself.
“My son Jamie took his own life at the age of 44,” he told the MailOnline.
“As a family we are all devastated and do not want to talk about the circumstances. It is tragic and something we are all trying to deal with.
“There will be a funeral at the family home in the north of Scotland next week.”
In an emotional tribute on Facebook, close friend Matty Marungamits said he took his life just days before he was due to turn 44.
“He was sick for such a long time, at least that’s over now,” she said.
Macer Gifford, another former British volunteer with the Syrian Kurds, paid tribute to him.
“Jamie was passionately committed and came from a long background of activist work,” he told Kurdistan24.
“I think he worked in Bulgaria, in refugee camps for a number of years, and went to Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) because of his beliefs and he got a lot of respect from the Kurds after he went to Afrin.”
Thomas McClure, a Syria-based researcher at the Rojava Information Center, added: “Mr. Janson is not the first international volunteer to have committed suicide in such circumstances, and his personal experiences are part of a wider pattern.”
A Twitter account belonging to the Kurdish Solidarity Campaign hinted at suicide when they wrote: “Thinking of the heroic YPG volunteer Jamie Janson who died just last week.
“Jamie will be remembered as a hero by the Kurdish people forever for valiantly defending the revolution in Rojava and the liberation of northern Syria from ISIS fascists #WorldSuicidePreventionDay.”
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