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.

March 10, 2021

“I was born in 1967 in Akre. I have spent 31 years (half of my life) selling coffee in markets and streets. I first started differently in Mousil. I had people’s attention in the area, I had a portable coffee machine and was always serving it hot. If you take a look at it, it has two sides, one for bitter coffee and the other for sweet coffee because everyone has their own tastes in here and even in Mousil. I worked 9 years in Mousil and then came to Kurdistan. I first tried working in Duhok, it was very new there, I was selling hot coffee in Winter on the streets”.

“I was making sus in the Summer, and I was using natural ingredients from Kurdistan to make it. I was getting the ingredients from tree roots near river shores. There was a high demand on it because people used it as medicine for their stomachs or diabetes. After several years in Duhok I went back to Akre, and I now work 3 or 4 hours in the streets to make a living for myself and my family, and I have made a lot of friends working. If I don’t show up every day to provide sus and coffee to my customers, they’ll call me to see if something is wrong”.