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IRAQI KURDISTAN:  “Until we have peace, we can not live comfortably” —Turkey bombs shepherds around Bagova

As villagers from Bagova led our CPT-Iraqi Kurdistan team down the road we were all keenly aware of the large Turkish outpost lined with razor wire and bunkers of sandbags looming just over the next hill to the left. We were also aware of the large mountain to the right, a suspected area of operations for the PKK. We scanned the hilltops for military movement, but it wasn’t until we stopped that we noticed the young boy tending his family’s sheep in the field between these two forces. He was in that same field three weeks earlier, unnoticed by fighter jets, as Turkish bombs rained down.

A CPT-Iraqi Kurdistan delegate wishes more people would visit the people there.

The CPT delegation to Iraqi Kurdistan in March 2019 was a unique opportunity for me to learn about life in the region, and to meet people and organisations whose stories usually don’t appear in the international media. Where I come from, all we hear about Iraqi Kurdistan is either the fight against ISIS or the question of independence, when there are so many other issues affecting people’s lives: from daily power cuts to cross-border bombings from Turkey and Iran. The political situation is complex and often hard to understand for outsiders, and the people we met may be divided by their political views, but all of them want peace, freedom and justice.

Freedom of the press in Iraqi Kurdistan

When I was a child I dreamed of being a journalist. Of sharing stories with the world and uncovering the truth. It seemed so glamorous and important, changing the world with the mighty pen. I didn’t understand then what the glamour of bringing information to the public could really look like. I didn’t understand that many journalists are murdered, tortured, imprisoned, threatened and bullied because of their work.

Prayers for Peacemakers 1 May 2019

Please pray for the families from Deraluk in Iraqi Kurdistan who have recently lost a family member to Turkey's cross-border bombing. Six men, who were fishermen and beekeepers, died in the bombing, but only four bodies have been recovered. The grieving families want to know the truth about what has happened to their two loved ones who are still missing. 
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