IRAQ / KURDISTAN: Ms. Taban
Ms. Taban is part of a 120-family community displaced from their village, less than an hour away, because of Iranian and Turkish bombing.
In 1991, Ms. Taban, a nurse, returned to her remote village after graduation. "I came home by foot, joining many people in a march. We walked half a day and reached our home, which was destroyed by Saddam in 1980s. There was no water, no electricity, and no roof. We rebuilt it with hands, tears and joy."
But in 2008, Ms. Taban was displaced again when the United States, the Iraqi government, and the Kurdistan Regional Government renewed efforts to help Turkey and Iran use bombs and rockets to evacuate Kurdish villages from the border areas.
Ms. Taban is strong in her steadfastness, but fatigue is wearing her beautiful face and her dreams of going home to the mountains are fading.
CPT's Work: CPT accompanies villages like Ms. Taban's, documenting their experience, and advocating with decision-makers for a cease to state-sponsored violence and bombing.