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We may be the children of the lands of Amed and Cizira, Dersim and Colemerg. We may be the hearts of the lands spanning out from Qobane to Qamislo, Halabja, Hewler to Slemani, Mahabad to Urmiya and the skirts of the Zagros Mountains. We may be the daughters of the Sun, children of Kurdistan.

However,

We carry the fight of the Women across the World. Thousands of us don’t only fight ISIS. We carry on our shoulders the ideological weight of those stoned in Afghanistan or genitally mutilated in Somalia. The Women who are sexually enslaved across the world, discriminated, paid less, not represented, forcibly married, abused and victimized by domestic rape.

We are here to empower Women, break Male patriarchy, represent the silent. The sacrifices of Kurdish Women are for all of you. We are here to stay and to set precedent for the World. Embrace the Revolution.

Rojava is your home.

Yekîneyên Parastina Jin (Women’s Protection Units - Rojavaye Kurdistan)

YJA STAR (Kurdish: Yekîneyên Jinên Azad ên Star - Bakure Kurdistan)

a 7.3 magnitude earthquake has hit the kurdistan region.

  • so far, over 500 people have been injured and at least 6 have been killed in southern kurdistan
  • 4 people have been reported dead in derbendîxan, southern kurdistan and 50 injured
  • more than 50 people were taken to the hospital in hewler
  • 6 people have been reported dead in the qasrî şirîn area in eastern kurdistan, as told by the mayor of the town
  • the earthquake is said to have also hit surrounding areas including kermanshah
  • residents in amed, northern kurdistan are also said to have felt the earthquake
  • at least 61 people in kermanshah province are said to have been killed
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These are photos I took at the Kurdish Textile Museum in Hewler, Southern Kurdistan showing various Kurdish tribes’ rug designs. All of these were woven.

1. Erbil plain - natural dyes, early 1900′s
2. Erbil plain - natural and synthetic dyes, early 1900′s
3. Erbil plain - natural dyes, early 1900′s
4. Nomadic Kurdish tribe - natural dyes, mid-1900′s
5. Heroti tribe - natural dyes, mid-1900′s
6. Herki tribe - natural dyes, mid-1900′s
7. Khanaqin (Xaneqin) - natural dyes, mid-1900′s
8. Sine, Eastern Kurdistan - natural dyes, early 1900′s
9. Zakho (Zaxo) - natural dyes, early 1900′s
10. Germiyan - natural dyes, early 1900′s

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first KurdStep (kurdisch Dubstep) ^^

The signs as middle eastern & north African cities
  • Aries: Tehran, Beirut, Dubai, Tel Aviv
  • Taurus: Muscat, Yerevan, Haifa, Alexandria, Casablanca
  • Gemini: Riyadh, Jeddah
  • Cancer: Cairo, Kuwait City, Batroun, Kabul, Fes
  • Leo: Tabriz, Basra, Algiers, Byblos, Ankara
  • Virgo: Shiraz, Marrakesh, Nazareth, Mosul, Tripoli (Lebanon)
  • Libra: Ramallah, Byblos, Isfahan, Benghazi, Manama
  • Scorpio: Damascus, Sana'a, Abu Dhabi, Oran, Hebron,
  • Sagittarius: Baghdad, Hewler, Baku
  • Capricorn: Constantine, Tunis, Jerusalem, Aden, Homs
  • Aquarius: Sulaimaniyah, Aleppo, Rabat, Doha, Tyre
  • Pisces: Bethlehem, Tripoli (Libya), Amman, Istanbul

update on kirkuk/kurdistan

  • kirkuk has been completely taken over after peshmerga forces, the kdp and puk abandoned their positions yesterday. hashd al-shaabi entered the towns of jalawla and xaneqîn.
  • the iraqi army and hashd al-shaabi have moved towards mexmûr and şingal and now have control over these areas. the kdp have left all areas under their control and hashd al-shaabi have settled into these areas.
  • it is said that the iraqi government had given peshmergas until midnight last night to leave the areas of mexmûr and şingal, withdrawing back to pre-2014 borders.
  • the people of mexmûr have left their homes and many have gone to hewler. there is just one police unit left in mexmûr. those in the mexmûr refugee camp have not yet left.
  • hpg guerillas and ybs forces have formed a defense line in şingal.
  • ybs commander dijwar feqir has said that hashd al- shaabi are in peshmerga positions now in shingal. “we are in our defense positions. we are protecting our positions in both şingal city center and the şingal mountain.” - feqir. feqir also added that “our blood has spilled here, and we have defended our region. everybody should respect that and have an appropriate approach. we are the children of these lands. We have defended this place, we’ve had our blood spilled. we will continue to defend it.”
  • the hpg released a statement regarding the situation in kirkuk. the statement; “the iraqi army and hashd al-shaabi forces launched attacks on kirkuk city and surroundings starting from early monday morning. in the wake of the attacks, peshmerga forces in the region abandoned their positions and retreated. in the face of this situation, our guerrilla forces have taken up positions and formed a line of defense in and around the city center. sporadic clashes have taken place between the iraqi army and our forces.”

death toll: unknown (some sources say 10 peshmergas have been killed and 30 civilians have been killed, though this is not confirmed)

“i would have loved if someone noticed how my childhood was ruined because of conflicts… now, i’d like to help the survivors acknowledge their experiences. i want them to know that i’ll be there to communicate their suffering and highlight the contradictory emotions they often evoke. my aim is to take part in the process of empowering them… there are glimmers of hope, even in dark times.” – widad akreyi

widad akreyi is a kurdish humanitarian and human rights activist from southern kurdistan.

as a teenager, akreyi became a defender of her rights and the rights of her fellow classmates. at age 16, she left her hometown for hewler and attended salahadin university, where she studied human rights and the physical and psychological impacts of violence on victims and communities.

in 1987, akreyi secretly documented the immediate and long term impacts of torture and other human rights violations in iraq and kurdistan. she later became politically involved in various struggles for human rights, peace, and social justice. akreyi carried out surveys and interviewed the victims and their families.

after the first golf war, akreyi fled to turkey and later relocated to a third country seeking political asylum. she attended university with the goal of studying health, disease, and disease-related microorganisms. she earned a PhD in global health and cancer epidemiology. although she was busy in labs, akreyi still found time to advocate for human rights and volunteering, including volunteering for amnesty international.

in 2007, akreyi co-founded defend international - an NGO devoted to responding to grave violations of human rights; monitor the implementation of preventive measures that are designed to end impunity for the perpetrators of these crimes; conduct research that may directly or indirectly improve the health standard of communities; and to promote peace and democracy through cultural relations and advocacy.

in 2014, when isis targeted and attacked ezidis, assyrians, christians and other minorities within kurdistan and iraq, akreyi launched a global campaign. she urged global leaders, religious and spiritual leaders, activists and others to speak out. her advocacy efforts were rewarded when senior representatives of governments and international agencies demonstrated their commitment to the protection of ezidis, trapped on mt. sinjar.

in october 2014, akreyi was awarded the pfeffer peace prize. she dedicated the award to ezidis, christians, and the residents of kobanî. soon afterwards, she published documents that confirmed isis’ use of slavery and rape as weapons of war. one of the documents was isis’ “price list” for kidnapped and enslaved ezidi and christian women and children.

in december 2016, she called on individuals, organisations and civil society groups in the mena region to urge their governments to put an end to the flow of recruits and financial aid to isis, noting that “together we can make a difference. together we can bring peace and unity to our communities. together we can build a better world.”

since 2014, widad has become a global voice for kobane/rojava, ezidis and christians, including the females abducted, sold and enslaved in the middle east.