Jason Ur, of Harvard University says he’s found the Kurdish region of Iraq to have twice the archeological density of Syria and 10 times that of southern Iraq. The Kurdish region, he says, has incredible archeological potential.
”We’re discovering a completely unknown center of civilization. There are cities that no one has ever seen before, there are elaborate engineered canals and irrigation systems and unbelievable landscapes that we’ve known nothing about. We’re really in the absolute core of one of the world’s first great empires,” says Ur.
I’ve been slowly developing dozens of rolls of film I have gathered from over the years and I got these pictures back today from my trip to Kurdistan in 2011. I almost forgot I took these.
I remember the day perfectly. There were at least 30 of us at my Nana’s house getting together for dinner and while all the adults were talking I snuck up to the roof with my cousins because I wanted to shoot some portraits.
Just had a long conversation with my dad who told me there’s a big possibility that Kurdistan will be its own country very soon. I asked him why/how and he said that the relationship between the Kurdish government and Central Iraqi government is very bad right now to the point where they started firing at each other yesterday. So my dad has his gun ready. I asked him what happens if they bomb Darbandikhan [the village where my family lives and where I visited] and he said “We’ll bomb them back.”
I visited Kurdistan the Summer of 2011 and learned about 200-300 words. I wouldn’t say I speak Kurdish but I am definitely learning. I can speak in very common and simple phrases like hello how are you. I am hungry. I am sleepy. I don’t want to eat _______. You are crazy. I love you , etc.
So yes and no?
By the way if anyone could help me along my journey of learning Kurdish I’d truly appreciate it. It’s hard for me to keep up when I’m not actually in Kurdistan immersed in the language.
Never forget the victims of the Halabja poison gas attack on March 16th, 1988, where 5,000 innocent civilians lost their lives. The Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein perpetrated the attack, which was and still remains the largest chemical weapons attack directed against a civilian-populated area in history. This is a graveyard and memorial for the victims in the heart of Halabja, South Kurdistan.
I drove by Halabja. And by Halabja Taza (New Halabja). My cousin, Aram, wrote a poem about the tragedy and recorded it. I’m going to post it soon for all of you.