Humans of Kurdistan
The "Humans Of Kurdistan" project aims to present the cultural diversity of the country. A look at the faces but also the stories that lie behind each of them.

December 29, 2020

“While I was in my mother’s womb and my entire family was gathering in my grandfather’s garden during the summer, due to his love for our village’s snowy mountains, my uncle named me Kwestan (Kwestan translates to snowy mountains). However, after a while when Ismail Sardashty released his song (Kochar), people called me Kochar. I sometimes get confused between the two names myself. I’m 20 years old now and have studied until the fifth grade, I was a very hard-working student. I would’ve loved to continue studying and I still feel sad about it, but I couldn’t because my father was a soldier and it was very hard to continue. In recent years, people of my village have started giving more freedom to girls and value them to a point that males and females are close to being equal in all aspects. This can be especially noticed during Newroz celebrations. I hope all Kurds see all humans equally”.