Category Archives: Youth

Kurdistan’s Youth Are Migrating

By Meer Ako Ali: To migrate or not to migrate? This is the question more and more of the youth of the Kurdistan Region are asking themselves. Every month 3,000 people migrate illegally from the Kurdistan Region – mostly to Europe through Turkey – according to Iraqi federal estimates. Last week 12 young Kurds died…

‘113 Children Tortured’ by Turkish State This Year: Universal Children’s Day Report

KT News: Turkey’s Human Rights Association (İHD) has released a report on Universal Children’s Day, 20th November, highlighting violations of children’s right by the Turkish state and society. Here are a few quotes from translations provided by bianet and ANF Children in custody İHD stated that abuse, rape and violence cases are routine in juvenile prisons….

A Forgotten Proportion: The Child War Victims

By Hanar Marouf: Whereas children must get worried about which toy shall they buy or which book shall they read, whereas parents should be busy with offering warm and safe couches, whereas winter and raining must be greeted optimistically without worrying, the Islamic State has led to people being perturbed and concerned for every second…

When the Music Stopped for Waleed, a Blind Ezidi Boy

By Amy L. Beam, Ed.D: Four-year-old Waleed was born blind.  When the Islamic State gangs attacked Shingal, Iraq, on August 3, 2014, his family fled on foot to Mount Shingal along with 70,000 other Ezidis.   They were stranded on the mountain for eight days until the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) opened an escape route for…

‘Kobani is the heart of the world!’: Solidarity in Manchester and worldwide – but more is needed

By a Manchester Correspondent: Today Kurds and their supporters all around the world have shown their solidarity with the historic and remarkable resistance of the Kurdish YPG/YPJ army against the ISIS jihadi-fascists. In sunlit Manchester UK several hundred women, men and children joined a lively march through our city centre streets, followed by a rally…

A Letter from Kobane

Translated by Anwar Soltani: Dear Mum, I am alright. We had a small party for my birthday yesterday. I think I am 19 now. My colleague, Azad, dedicated a song to me on the subject of ‘mother’. Azad has a good voice and was in tears while he was singing; he, like myself, was thinking of…

The Drug Abuse Threatening Kurdistan

Mohammed Ismail

By Mohammed Ismail: In recent history, the Kurdish revolution and involvement with the KCK (Koma Civaken Kurdistan – Group of Communities in Kurdistan) was the main reason that the Kurdish youth were sent to prison; now they face a new enemy that sends them to prison: drug abuse. Bookmark on Delicious Recommend on Facebook Share…

Protest against murder of child bride Dunya: London KRG office, Thurs 5th June

By Ziryan Kamal: On Saturday 23rd May 2014, a 15 year old child bride, Dunya, was brutally murdered by her 45 year old husband in the Kurdistan district of Kalakji.The mother of the child, who sold her daughter to the man, reported the murder to the police just after she went to the scene. Shamefully…

Dunya, the child in the white dress

By Shwan Dizayee: Dunya, age 15, was a girl, a daughter, a child of Kurdistan; but unfortunately, at this young, vulnerable age she was also a wife. As I stare at her child photo and marriage day collage, I see no difference, just a natural pose opposed by an unnatural one which is accompanied by…

Child education at a Syrian refugee camp

By Halsho Abdulfatah: Amoda Primary School is 20 kilometres from Slemani and accommodates 355 Syrian refugee children aged six to fourteen at the Arbot refugee camp. This is a fraction of the total number of children at the camp who need education. The school is managed by the Education Department of Slemani Directorate (EDSD) which has appointed…

Children of the camp – a photo-story

KT Photo-Story: Kurdish refugee children from Rojava (North Syria) who are currently living in the Arbat Refugee Camp in Sulaymani province enjoy less media coverage and international support than other Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan and the Lebanon. In tough conditions, there is little to protect them from the ravages of disease this winter. Many…

A glimpse into the 2nd Annual Kurdistan Careers Conference

Aras Ahmed

By Aras Ahmed Mhamad: At the opening of the 2nd Annual Kurdistan Careers Conference on September 4, 2013, there was a huge wave of job seekers, estimated at around 1,000, marching towards the exhibition and the sponsors. Employers keenly explained their company’s requirements and profiles to these job seekers. Nearly 45 national and international companies…

Kurdistan recruitment consultant advises: Modern life is not easy!

By Sayran Hadi: I am a link between job seekers and employers in the Kurdistan Region. I receive hundreds of CVs every day and so many people want to change their job. They mostly want to join the oil sector… Life is not easy nowadays, especially in a country like Kurdistan – where business is…

Kurdistan needs summer camps

Michael Rubin

By Michael Rubin: Kurdish achievements over the past two decades have been incredible. Kurds have risen from being victims of attempted genocide to become models of recovery. Iraqi Kurdistan has its problems, but the region is nevertheless a shining example to unrepresented peoples everywhere. The issue for pride is not Kurdistan’s money and it certainly…

Plant hope in their hearts

By Ashna Shareff: From research, to a lifetime journey! The first time I walked to the orphanage was five years ago, when I went for one of my research projects. I remember sitting down with the kids and interviewing them, asking questions about their lives inside the orphanage. Bookmark on Delicious Recommend on Facebook Share on…