A photo from Iraqi Kurdistan

I went to Northern Iraq in March of 2009, after I finished work on a story about Kurdish neighborhoods in Istanbul. Many Turkish Kurds advised me to go to Iraqi Kurdistan, saying that there “Kurds have freedom and control their land”.

The postwar peace in Northern Iraq is more stable than in the central or southern parts of the country. American troops come there more to rest, than to fight. Although Iraqi Kurdistan is still full of problems, Kurds do not like the word “war”. “Past should remain behind us”, – said to me an old Kurdish man, – “We should live for the future, for our children”.

I hope, that all of my Kurdish friends are safe and live in peace.

Kurds in a tea house. Zakho, Northern Iraq, 2009

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