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IRAQI KURDISTAN REFLECTION: Racism based on my name

 

At the Hawler Checkpoint October 2014

Two of my Kurdish friends were deported from a Russian airport because of their names and assumed religion.

But I have experienced racism also in my region. 

Last Thursday, together with my team mate and my youngest son, I drove the CPT car on our way to Hawler (also known as Erbil, in Arabic), the capital of Kurdistan Region of Iraq, to renew our NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) registration for CPT. After waiting for about fifteen minutes in lines of cars to pass the security checkpoint at the entrance of the city, an Asaish (security officer) asked for our IDs.  When he looked at mine, he asked me if I was Kurdish.  In a moment, I was thinking, “Do I have to swear that I am a Kurd?”  So, I said, “Yes, but why?”  He answered that my name looks like an Arab name. 

IRAQI KURDISTAN: April 2016 Newsletter--Trainings, Visits to villages affected by Turkish bombings and IDP camps

Graduates of 2016 CPT Training in Iraqi Kurdistan

A special 250 Hours Changing Lives

 

Congratulations to the graduates!

From the end of January to the beginning of April, nine trainees from Colombia, Poland, Syria and Iraqi-Kurdistan, completed and  graduated from an intensive training in peace and active nonviolence. This was the second training led by the CPT-IK team in Sulaimani,  giving a chance to those people who want to work as a peacemakers—serving people in crisis and conflict settings around the world.

IRAQI KURDISTAN: "Go now and drive as fast as you can"--CPTers visit Kurdish village caught in Turkish bombing

The Qandil Mountains hide a valley in the Pishdar District famous for its fertile land, green pastures, breath-taking beauty, and terrible problem— Turkish bombing. A long-term friend and partner of CPT Mukhtar Khidr* invited Christian Peacemaker Teams for lunch on 15 April and a meeting with other village leaders at his house. The team has not come here since the peace process between the Turkish state and the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) began in 2013. Much has changed since the war broke out again in July of 2015. 

IRAQI KURDISTAN: Origami at Arbat IDP Camp


Children far from home in a desolate environment.  Caring volunteers who want to make their lives a little brighter and more colorful.

On 26 April, CPTers Marcus Armstrong, Chihchun Yuan and some of the youth of Arbat camp spent one and half hours doing Origami in an activity organized by the workers of STEP.

Some young people, mostly boys, had hands that had done hard labour, and initially the delicacy needed for Origami was a challenge. They learned quickly and soon everyone had made a beautiful crane and had written his name on it. Each was a unique work!

Prayers for Peacemakers April 21, 2016 Iraqi Kurdistan

Prayers for Peacemakers April 21, 2016    Iraqi Kurdistan

Pray for the villagers in the Dohuk governorate of Iraqi Kurdistan made homeless by Turkish cross border bombing raids in the past few weeks.  Pray for Christian Peacemaker Teams – Iraqi Kurdistan’s efforts to reach out to these villagers as they return to the area and reconnect with old friends.

*Epixel for Peacemakers April 24, 2016  Fourth Sunday of Easter
Kurdish villagers  in Zharawa camp displaced by Turkish bombing in 2012
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "See, the home of God is among
 mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and
God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death
will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things
 have passed away." Revelation 213-4
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming
 Sunday's 
Revised Common Lectionary readings.

IRAQI KURDISTAN: March 2016 Newsletter now available!


Newroz - Celebrating the new year of 2716 !

The participants on the 45th CPT training joined other friends to celebrate the 2716 New Kurdish Year (Nawroz) by visiting the Kurdish mountains. Nawroz represents freedom, renewed hope and Kurdish dreams.
 

IRAQI KURDISTAN: Oil companies continue to steal and destroy land


On 29 February 2016 two CPT-Iraqi Kurdistan team members went to the community of Hajji Ahmed to meet with Kak Miro, the village leader. Villagers have been struggling to maintain their land rights and have also been trying to gain adequate compensation for lands already confiscated by Exxon Mobil. CPT has been helping to amplify the voices of villagers since August 2013.

Exxon Mobil has finished one oil well and capped it for later use in a nearby field. During this process, the company, with the assistance of the Kurdistan Regional Government, appropriated land from local farmers. The construction and drilling polluted some of the land, causing plants, trees and vines to suffer or die. Kak Miro has heard that digging for a second well is to start soon.

Kak Miro asked the team to help him write a letter to the Committee of Human Rights and Natural Resources of the Kurdistan Parliament about not receiving any compensation for his lost and damaged land. He was waiting for a phone call from a committee member to set an appointment to deliver the letter.

IRAQI KURDISTAN: KRG Authorities Prevent CPT from Conducting a Public Action

CPTnet
March 22, 2016

Iraqi Kurdistan: KRG Authorities Prevent CPT from Conducting a Public Action
by Rebaz K. Mohammed, CPT Trainee, Sulaimani-Iraq

 

Asaysh (security) department in Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, denied approval for a group of CPT trainees to conduct a public action in solidarity with the government employees. The action was to take place in Azadi (freedom) Park, Sulaimani, on the February 19, 2016.

After the regional government of Iraqi Kurdistan (KRG) failed to pay public-sector employees’ salaries for the last 5 months, a number of public sector employees in Sulaimani went on a strike demanding their rights in salaries. The strike included, but not limited to, teachers, traffic police, and doctors.

The 2016 CPT-training group in Sulaimani prepared a public action to demonstrate their appreciation for the hard work the employees have done without pay for such a long time, and at the same time, to show support for the employees’ demand for their rights. This would have been demonstrated through a short theatrical performance by the trainees, with the support of the CPT team in Sulaimani.

IRAQI KURDISTAN: February 2016 Newsletter

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CPT Iraqi Kurdistan Newsletter - February 2016


FEBRUARY 2016

Iraqi Kurdistan

CPT 2016 trainees in Iraqi Kurdistan organised a public action to show solidarity with unpaid government workers in Kurdistan. The government has not paid the employees for last 5-6 months, so the workers are facing a very difficult situation now.

The trainees team envisioned the event to be held in Azadi Park in Sulaimani, Iraqi Kurdistan on Feb 19 th 2016. However, authorities denied approval for this action.

CPT trainees decided to perform it on the CPT office`s rooftop and capture it on video to share with you all.

To watch the movie, click here:
public action movie



IRAQI KURDISTAN VIDEO: Action in solidarity in unpaid state in employees

CPTnet
23 February 2016
IRAQI KURDISTAN VIDEO:  Action in solidarity in unpaid state in employees

What if you had to go to work every day and not get paid?  The 2016 Christian Peacemaker Trainees in Sulaimani wanted to show solidarity with Kurdish Regional Government employees facing exactly this dilemma.  They had planned to undertake their action in Suleimani’s Azadi Park on 19 February 2016, but the government authorities denied them a permit.

Instead, they shot this video on top of the roof of the CPT apartment.  Please share widely.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXbPKIP7EYg

 

Currently, our CPT Iraqi Kurdistan needs a new washing machine,that would allow team members to wash clothes without wasting too much water, electricity and time.

A new functional washing machine costs $350 in Iraqi Kurdistan.
If you decide to help us, please, click on this link and make sure you mention that you would like to donate for new washing machine. 



Thank you very much!