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.

January 16, 2021

“If you are born blind, you’ll get used to it easier, but I believe that God won’t put anything in your way unless it’s written for you. Also, whether you’re disabled or not, you’ll leave this life, but it’s important to stay faithful until you die. Thank God for the time that I could see, during my young ages, I had never hurt anyone and even until I was married my life had been pretty great, and once I lost my sight, I trained myself to recognize the things around me. I met many people while I was working, I recognize some people just by hearing their voices. In 1976, I was serving in the army with someone, we lost contact for forty years, and the moment I heard him I recognized him. I also had a classmate three years ago, we met again a while ago and I instantly recognized him by his voice”.

“I go to the mosque in the morning, and go back home and take a shower, I never wake anyone to change my clothes, and I can also shave and take my clothes with me to the shower. I can even recognize which piece of clothing is which. True, it’s been a long time since I’ve lost my sight, but I can still recognize colors, I know that in fall leaves turn yellow, and they turn green in the spring. I know what’s red and what’s white, and I can also recognize things by touching them. I also dream like I did before losing my sight. For example, I had met a gentleman wearing a suit, and I still see him in my dreams, or I had seen a woman wearing Kurdish clothes, and I still see her in my dreams. I still have my sight in my dreams, and see everything as they used to be. After losing my sight, my boys have gotten married, I always ask what they look like, and they answer by saying that the look like a certain person. My memory is pretty good, I can go on the street and walk and I wouldn’t need anyone”.