Kurdistan – Refugee’s Home In A Battle Zone
March 18th, 2016 by INMED
“We lived our entire lives in Mosul – the ancient city of Nineveh – Jews, Christians, Muslims all side by side in peace. Then entered ISIS, threatening us with death or conversion.” The woman began swelling up with tears. “We were forced to flee, leaving all our belongings behind – animals, cars, clothes, books – and traveled by foot to Kurdistan. Here we are treated with great kindness; given a home, a place to worship, without threat. Thanks to God for the kindness of Kurds!”
This month I’m enjoying the hospitality of Lawand Talal, a Kurdish attorney who advocates for refugees in Kurdistan on behalf of UNHCR: The United Nations High Commission on Refugees. After 300 cups of tea, I am appreciating first hand how complex are the conflicting agendas of the powers in this region. But what is abundantly clear is that the people afflicted – mainly Syrians and Iraqis – overwhelming want to simply return and to live in peace. Refuge offered in neighboring Kurdistan, Greece, or the United States is admirable, but does not address their deepest desire: home.