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Working at Saddam Hussein’s former mountain palace
These two old Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers were stationed to guard the ruins of Saddam Hussein’s former mountain palace in Northern Iraq in May 2017. While younger Peshmerga were fighting the new threat, radical Islamism in the guise of ISIS, they kept watch on their deceased Iraqi foe’s old hideout. They …
Yazidi refugees finding shelter in an abandoned swimming pool
This old lady and kid are part of several Yazidi refugee families who found refuge in the changing rooms of an old swimming pool in the small town of Sarsink. They had managed to flee from ISIS who had conquered their native Sinjar in the summer of 2014. The rather …
Returning home to contribute fighting ISIS
This is Dashti from Erbil having a lush Kurdish meal. He grew up in Belgium, as his father, a confidant of the Kurdish leader Barzani was lobbying for the Kurdish cause in Europe. In this position, he was the first to draw the attention of Western governments to Saddam Hussein’s …
Yazidi refugee kids near Dohuk (Northern Iraq), 2017. They had to leave their homes to flee from ISIS.
Yazidi mother and child
Yazidi refugees in Sharya, 2017. They fled from ISIS from their home in the Iraqi Sinjar region.
More about Faces of the East:
■ ‘Faces of the East’: Post-Soviet lives through a German’s lens (Russia Beyond)
■ Menschen Zentralasiens: Kasachstan (Novastan, in German)
■ Menschen Zentralasiens: Kirgistan (Novastan, in German)
■ Menschen Zentralasiens: Tadschikistan (Novastan, in German)
■ “Cold blooded and more reasoning when it comes to politics” – a German blogger’s journey through Georgia (Commersant.ge, in Georgian)