Dec 23, 2015
Dec 14, 2015
A tale of Russian, Iranian and French presence in Iraqi Kurdistan, and how could you become a part of... it
From 2007-2013 Turkey and Iran bombed the Qandil Mountains in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq under the pretext of fighting the PKK. Since 2007, CPT documented cases of villagers and civilians forced into displacement, killed, injured and deeply affected by the bombs. They lost their crops, homes and communities. In 2015 the peace negotiations between Turkey and PKK fell apart and Turkey started to bomb again. CPT wants to provide presence in the affected communities and document their situation. We need your help.
How? Well, the story is very simple. In 2012 we decided to buy our own CPT car that allowed us to visit the villages more often. We decided to get a second hand car. So, “The white bear” a 12 years old Russian Volga – a classic in Kurdistan – joined the team. We had so much hope with the car but after some internal issues it broke down. The team was not able to go as far as we wanted in the mountains… As much as we loved it, we said good bye to “the white bear” .
New Hopes. In 2013 “the gem” a 6-year old white Iranian-French Peugeot car joined the team with lots of energy and enthusiasm. “The gem” helped us to go a little bit further, we reached the mountains! However, we do not know if this had to do with politics but “the gem” started to show symptoms of non-cooperation. It did not wanted to go as far as we needed and non-violently told us that this will be all. We decided through consensus to let “the gem” go in search of new horizons.
Following the Climate Change conference, we discussed about an environmental friendly way to reach the villages in the mountains, like in the old times..
We need a better equipped car for our work. The ideal (used) car for going to the mountains and visit the villages costs approximately US$ 10.000. Yes, your financial support for getting a new car will help us to visit the mountain communities more often. And to accompany them as they resist violence doing what they do best: farming, sharing and taking care of their mountains. Donate for CPT's Iraqi Kurdistan car
Dec 12, 2015
Shireen (see our post from 30 Nov) has two sons. They have trouble sleeping in the nights and they cry a lot, especially when they hear the warplanes flying over their town. Their house was bombed to rubbles and their grandma, three uncles and an aunt, died in a terrible bombing, a few months ago.
The two boys left their home and live in their relatives' house. Nearly every day or night they can hear the thundery murmur of warplanes on their way to drop more bombs, perhaps on other children. They feel scared. Sometimes, the planes come during the school time. They leave their class shaking and the teachers need to comfort them...
Recently, Turkish warplanes expanded their attacks into areas outside of the Qandil mountains, which have been considered safe and free from the attacks.