İhsan and his two sons, Haydar and Rojhat, are now defending Kirkuk after fighting ISIS gangs in the resistance at Makhmur.
The family spent 15 years at the Makhmur Martyr Rustem Cudi camp, until attacks by ISIS gangs. With the terrorist attacks, İhsan and his sons Haydar and Rojhat took up arms, like many of the residents of Makhmur camp, to defend the camp along with PKK guerrillas. They fought for 4 days against the gangs.
Ishan says he is honoured to be deployed in the same emplacement as his sons. He adds that they will do whatever it takes for the defence of the people. He says that although war is not a pleasant thing, they have no alternative as Kurds to fighting oppression.
A Yazidi family
holds photos of male relatives killed by ISIS as they tried to flee the
town of Tel Azer, near Sinjar. “I hid under blankets and heard
shooting,” said one boy. “I came out and saw everyone—my uncles,
father—dead.” Only one adult male in the family survived.
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1. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Parliament building. The residents and government of Kurdistan have largely put aside their personal grievances together as a region for a peaceful, democratic, federal Iraq rather than fight for their own independent state.
2. Zerevani soldiers practice hand-to-hand combat. The Zerevani, like the rest of the Kurdish military and government, are transitioning from fighting in the mountains to organizing a region and providing regular services and support.
3. Woman Zerevani Soldier.
4. New suburban development in the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan. The community is organized into neighborhoods and has a small amusement park.
5. Yazidi shrine in Lalish, Iraqi Kurdistan. The region is populated with Kurds, Turkmen, Armenians, Yazidis, Roma, Mandaea, and other ethnic groups from across the Middle East all living in the same and nearby cities and villages. Kurdish culture has its roots in extremely ancient societies along the Tigris River and has been repressed and destroyed for centuries. Their culture is now a creation and amalgamation of both indigenous and ancient Iranian traditions and a reaction against modern Turkish, Persian and Arab influences.
6. Soldiers photograph one another next to the eternal flame in Kirkuk. The flame is a slow natural gas seep. The Kirkuk region has valuable natural gas and petroleum reserves and produces electricity for Baghdad, but residents have power for only a few hours a day. Security is also a much larger concern in Kirkuk than Iraqi Kurdistan because of foreign intervention into the politics and a proliferation of terrorism.
7. A farmhouse outside of Kirkuk that was used as a prison to house Kurds during Saddam’s regime.