Zaynê Akyol lived near the Iraq-Iran border to capture portraits of female Kurdish fighters, producing a series of arresting images that were quietly unveiled last week in Montreal's Mile End neighbourhood.
Real People, Real Stories
"I'm thankful to everyone who has supported me and I am thankful for my city of Erbil, which inspires me to write."
He's using his talents to restore hope in communities that have suffered for years.
His approach is one of quiet appreciation for nature, and for working within its confines.
Before his footballing career took off, he was a humble shepherd in the Zagros Mountains.
The following interview with Kurdish filmmaker Kazim Oz was originally published by Elizabeth Nolan in Rudaw. Risking threats, harassment and arrest by Turkish authorities, celebrated Kurdish filmmaker Kazim Oz wrote, directed...
Kurds have not been behind any of the major issues of the Middle East but have had to pay a heavy price for problems they did not create.
The following article was originally published in Al-Monitor. AIN ISSA, Syria — At just 21 years old, Zilan’s burdens are already heavy. She has a pair of violent ex-husbands and a daughter from each. But she said she has...