On Dec. 28, 2011, late at night, the Turkish warplanes bombed a group of Kurdish villagers, who had gone across the border into Iraq to load packages with cigarettes and tea and barrels with petrol on their mules. They were about to enter the Turkish territory again when the bombing started. Not much later, 34 […]
When you grow up with dengbej, as is the case with all Kurds who were born and raised on their ancestral lands, it will be part of you for the rest of your life. For Kurdish singers, that is even more the case. Acclaimed Kurdish singers Şivan Perwer and Mem Ararat talked to Ahval about […]
Het collectief S.P.E.A.K., dat donderdag officieel wordt opgericht, zet zich in voor de positie van moslimvrouwen in Nederland. „We lopen voortdurend aan tegen beelden die mensen op ons projecteren.” Lees verder bij NRC Handelsblad!
As one of the oldest cultural expressions in Mesopotamia, dengbej should be added to the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage. This is according to opera singer Pervin Chakar, who has started a petition to gather support for and raise awareness about the importance of dengbej, an ancient Kurdish storytelling tradition. Chakar, who is originally […]
(In October and November 2019 I did a short internship for my Master’s International Journalism at Edinburgh Napier University. At Pointer, the open source and data journalism desk of Dutch public broadcaster KRO/NCRV, I investigated and wrote this story about ethnic profiling by police.) Een politie-app ontwikkeld voor de strijd tegen etnisch profileren wordt per […]
On Wednesday 30 October I was the main guest at IepenUP Live, a regional TV program in the province of Fryslân in the north of the Netherlands. The good thing was, I was not the only guest but joined stage with Sherin Seyda and with film maker Beri Shalmashi. Check this link to watch and […]
Turkish products sold in Iraqi Kurdistan can be recognized by a barcode starting with the numbers 868 or 869. These make it easier for Kurds to boycott Turkish products in protest against Turkey’s invasion of north-eastern Syria on 9 October 2019. Or does it? It may also confront them with their high level of dependence […]
International actors were both a benefit and a detriment to the Kurdish struggle for representation, Wladimir van Wilgenburg and Harriet Allsopp write in their book “The Kurds of Northern Syria, Governance, Diversity and Conflicts’’. The authors sketch the picture of how Turkey was a detriment to Kurdish representation and why the Turkish army invaded Syria […]
Column in a supplement of Dutch daily Trouw about human trafficking. Het stuk staat niet online dus hier is een plaatje!
‘Als we moeten kiezen tussen compromissen en een genocide op onze mensen, dan kiezen we zeker de levens van onze mensen’, schreef de hoogste commandant van de Syrische Democratische Strijdkrachten (SDF) Mazloum Abdi afgelopen zondag in Foreign Policy. Zijn troepen stonden met de rug tegen de muur. Vanuit het noorden viel Turkije aan, vastbesloten de […]