1911 – 1972
Who was Qedrîcan?
Qedrîcan or Qedrîcan, was a Kurdish poet, writer and translator. He was born in Derik, a small village. At a time when schooling was the subject of jokes and when few people studied Qedrîcan's father, known as "Cano" sent him to school. He was a very successful student, especially in the areas of science and mathematics. Seeing that his son was a successful student Cano decided to send his son to Konya to study at the teachers' college there. During his days as a student there Qedrî Can was blacklisted for cultivating "political strife"; he was made a target for writing poetry in Kurdish and was forced to escape Turkey. At a time after the defeat of the Sheikh Said Rebellion, he escaped to Syria and lived in Damascus until his death in 1972.
Qedrîcan is remembered for openly teaching the Kurdish Language to students in Northeastern Syria. Among his circle of friends are the well known names of renowned Kurdish intellectuals: Celadet Bedir Khan, Kamuran Bedir Khan, Dr. Nurettin Zaza, Dr. Nuri Dersimi, Ekrem Cemilpaşa, Kadri Cemilpaşa, Dr. Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou, and more.