Taste the possibilities: This is Kurdistan
By Laween Atroshi
Arrived at a huge light-house building. Welcome to
Erbil International Airport. Whether cold or hot,
the sun is radiating upon every single Kurd that you
see. There is a strong friendly odour in the air.
Walking outside exposes you to the soil that our
grandfathers and ancestors fought on. The soil that
has had generations pass through. It is relatively
warm. Warm with passion and pride. Warm like the
personality of a Kurd. Whilst walking through the
streets and supermarkets, you are continuously
greeted and acknowledged as a human being. It
doesn't matter whether you’re a cleaner or a doctor,
what your religious background is or what dialect
you speak. You are a Kurd.
I came across a man on the street that was carrying
a heavy load on his back, and a Tasbeeh (Prayer
beads) in his hand. He gave a fainted smile, which
revealed a clear heavy burden upon him. “Kaka, what
is wrong?” I asked him. He replied back with a
strong smile. The smile that told a million and one
words. The smile that suggested; what can be wrong
in this beautiful life? The personality and dignity
was too strong to say what was troubling him. The
passion and determination was heart melting.
Without a surprise, houses and shops have occupied
the lands of Kurdistan. However, doors are casually
left unlocked and open. How can one sleep at night
knowing that they have left their doors open and
their territories welcome to intruders? With the
overwhelming level of trust between the people of
the sense of security and love pierces even the
coldest enemies. With regret, the KRG is seen
negatively according to some sources within
international terrain, and perhaps within the
region. I suggest that one takes on a birds-eye
perspective of the work, effort and love that each
Government member has adopted to develop the Region,
whilst setting political background aside. Until
then, I almost guarantee that you will find their
As a British-Kurd, it was mesmerising to see such a
wonderful nation, where anything is possible.
Decisions would be made in minutes, and
implementation made in seconds. Whether right or
wrong, this is Kurdistan. Nowhere is perfect, but in
Kurdistan, we are currently making history. We are
becoming pioneers through exposure to opportunities.
Finally, with time and continuous effort, things
will get better.
UK Health Informatician & Ambassador For Peace (UPF).
Laween Atroshi is not affiliated with any political
party or organisations. Views and opinions are
solely his own and do not reflect any organisation
whom he has a direct or indirect affiliation with,
either through employment or honorary. Laween Atroshi
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