Photographer's Note

While crossing a border from Cizre (on a Turkish side) to Zakho (on a Iraqi side) you can see the sign saying "Welcome to Kurdistan of Iraq". Not many people know that the north of Iraq got out of Saddam's hand without much help of American soldiers. These were Kurdish units that fought Iraqi army.

It is said that Saddam used to treat Kurdish people living in the north of Iraq very bad. Some say that there are even video recordings of Saddam torturing civilians himself in the basement of his palace.

Now in the north of Iraq there is Kurdistan- a district with much autonomy, with their own army, police and local authorities. I was really impressed to see how organized they are. They feel proud to have a piece of "their" land and were glad to pose to a picture.

But what will happen next with Kurdistan? All of the surrounding countries are against its existence because they are afraid that one day Kurdish people will try to enlarge Kurdistan (Kurds live in Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Armenia). One day Americans will have to move their troopers out of Iraq. What will happen then to this new-born country?

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