Goshan’s parents were Kurdish freedom fighters in Iraq during the rule of Saddam Hussein. They immigrated as political refugees to England, where Goshan was raised.
After graduating with a master’s degree, she gave up her life in England to return to the Kurdistan region in Iraq, where she is now a biology teacher. I met her there, last year. She told me she grew up feeling a sense of responsibility to help the development of her homeland after such a long period of war and unrest.
A Kurdish female fighter (with a SVD slung over her shoulder) of the People’s Protection Units looks on at a
training camp in al-Qahtaniyah, known to Kurds as al-Darbassiyah, near
the Syrian-Turkish border on Feb. 13.
The painted nails of a Kurdish Peshmerga female fighter are seen as she holds her gun during combat skills training before being deployed to fight Islamic State militants, at their military camp in Sulaimaniya, northern Iraq. (Photo: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters)