I’m super fucking angry that all of the sudden (mostly because the media decides to cover whatever the fuck they want to cover) people are shocked and surprised that Turkey is violating basic human rights when in reality they have been doing so for a long, long time. Anyone remember last year when hundreds of Kurdish Turkish prisoners were on a hunger strike for 3 months because the government wouldn’t even give them a chance to voice their concerns (basic human right) and no one knew or cared? No? And that’s just naming one tiny occurrence in the past YEAR.
1:43 pm |
June 5 2013
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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.”
This should be interesting.
10:16 am |
December 4 2012
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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.
11:08 pm |
November 16 2012
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Peshmerga is the term used by Kurds to refer to armed Kurdish fighters. Literally meaning “those who face death” (Pesh front +marg death) the Peshmerga forces of Kurdistan have been in existence since the advent of the Kurdish independence movement in the early 1920s.
My father was a Peshmerga in the 70’s. Fighting against Saddam Hussein and his regime. Watching people die left and right.
Unfortunately, I haven’t heard as many war stories from my dad as I’d like to, but this is one of the reasons i’m glad I’m moving home for a little. I got the idea recently that I want to write a book about him. Without revealing what it’s about- I can say it will be about his experiences within the last 56 years of his life. I’m excited to hear stories from the war, among several other aspects of his life. The only one that I can recall hearing about is the story of when he saw his best friend die in front of him.
Happy Veteran’s day to my pops and to everyone else to sacrifices & has sacrificed their life for their country.
11:58 am |
November 11 2010
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my uncle protesting in what I can only imagine is the 80’s.
“Save kurdish civilians from chemical warfare in kurdistan”
7:29 pm |
October 20 2010
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