August 5, 2020
“My love for sports started at the age of 6. Due to the lack of sport supplies at the time, me and my friends had to make the supplies ourselves. When I was 7, the first girls’ tennis team formed in Duhok and I was fortunately able to join. I was one of the top players in Kurdistan and I participated in many local and international competitions. The path was not easy and I faced a lot of challenges, but I was proud to be a representative of my city and country for 8 years. My love for sports did not stop there and it actually grew. It grew in another area, which was hiking and travelling across Kurdistan’s beautiful mountains. I was again lucky to find a group who enjoyed hiking like me. After one year of hiking together, we became a sort of family and our home became the mountains we passed through together, whether it was under extreme heat or under the winter rain”.