Land of Kurds

Waarom het so ‘n groot etniese bevolking, soos die Koerde dan nie ‘n land van hul eie nie – of het ander lande eenvoudig geneem  wat nie aan hul behoort nie of is een land opgedeel en vir ander gegee?  Hoeveel menseregte is hul ontneem as daar wel ou kaarte bestaan van so ‘n land?   Deur wat of wie se toedoen is ‘n volk vervreem van hul eie gebiede en land, moet hul staan onder heerskappy van iemand anders?   So het dit ook gebeur met die Boere republieke in suidelike Afrika waar grond EN minerale eenvoudig geannekseer is deur die magtige Engelse regering.  Hoe ironies het daarna twee groot wêreldoorloë ook plaasgevind.

Kurdistan • Map •


People without a country – Heritage of the Kurdish


Onafhanklikheid – ‘n eie land


No friends, but only the mountains…
What is Kurdistan ? An Ancient History Report


Is this really the truth ? Here it was stated that Kurdistan is not a country, but a region that spans several countries in the Middle East. These regions are connected by the Kurdish people who are widespread in these nations. According to a rough estimate, the Kurdistan region lies between the northwestern Zagros and the eastern Taurus Mountains.

There are four major areas in Kurdistan:

  • Northern Kurdistan in southeast Turkey.
  • Southern Kurdistan, which is in Northern Iraq.
  • Eastern Kurdistan, which covers northwestern Iran.
  • West Kurdistan, which is in the north of Syria.

In recent history, Kurdistan has called for an independent nation-state. The first agreement between the existing governments and the Kurdish people took place in 1970 when Iraqi Kurdistan was granted autonomous status.

Reasons for an independent Kurdish state

Around 35 million Kurds live in the regions spread across the borders of Armenia, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey. That makes them the 4th, the largest ethnic community in the entire Middle East. Despite the large number, they never have their own state – instead, they are ruled by the respective governments who have the mandate over the country in which they live. Despite strong opposition from all these nations, a movement has called for Kurdistan to gain its own autonomous state. This was hit by force at times like in 1988 when the Iraqi government massacred 3,200 people with gas attacks.

The future of Kurdistan

In September 2017, Iraqi Kurdistan held a referendum on independence. The election was approved and supported by all Kurds in Iraq, despite the government calling it illegal. However, the establishment of an independent state in Kurdistan is still far from a reality. The governments in Iraq, Iran and Turkey continue to oppose the idea, using all the resources at their disposal to ensure they never gain a foothold in the region. Another major blow to the Kurdish people is the lack of support and recognition from the international community, which has led to the resignation of major leaders of the Kurdish movement.
Author: Margarita Mason


People with no country

The tale of a small ethnic group in the middle east, the Kurds, goes as far back as the dawn of civilization itself.

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The Kurd, member of an ethnic and linguistic group living in the Taurus Mountains of southeastern Anatolia, the Zagros Mountains of western Iran, portions of northern Iraq, northeastern Syria, and western Armenia, and other adjacent areas.

Most of the Kurds live in contiguous areas of Iran, Iraq, and Turkey—a somewhat loosely defined geographic region generally referred to as Kurdistan (“Land of the Kurds”). The name has different connotations in Iran and Iraq, which officially recognize internal entities by this name: Iran’s western province of Kordestān and Iraq’s Kurdish autonomous region.


Kurdish people – country of the Kurds



In 1928, when Stephen Herbert Langdon located in a contribution to the “Cambridge Ancient History” the ancestral homeland of the Kurds “in the Zagros mountains” near Šubartu, he shuttled already a good number of years since 1916 between Oxford in England and Pennsylvania in the USA. In Oxford he taught Assyriology, at the University of Pennsylvania he worked as Curator at the Babylonia Section of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

“The original Kurds were one of the ethnic groups that belonged to the large Zagros family”, he summarizes, “at the same time we have found an important link for connecting the ‘Kurds’ with the Qurti or Gutians”

Mountains …



Kurdish – Syria – Turkey – Russian (violation of human rights)

Kurdish in shock – human violations by various countries – war crimes

Russian – Turkish – Kurdish – Syria (Sochi “Agreement”)

The Kurds and Arab belt

Turkey – USA (Kurdish conflicts)


The stateless Kurdish people. Split across territories of four Middle Eastern nations, ethnic Kurds have long endured repression, discrimination, even genocide. But today, they form the backbone of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. It’s a group American leaders call the greatest warriors fighting the Islamic State.

Old Map of Greater Kurdistan [1504x1181] | Kurdistan, Old map, Map

Old Buildings – Bricks – Mountains and Cities/Towns
Hawraman, Uraman Takht, Zagros Mountains, Marivan, Kurdistan Province, Iran Hawraman is a mountainous region located within the provinces of Kurdistan and Kermanshah in western Iran and in north-eastern Iraq within Iraq’s Kurdistan Region. In Iran, the region includes the cities of Paveh and Mariwan and in Iraq, Halabja. Various views have been raised about the origin of its naming as Horaman. One is that it can be divided in two syllables, namely ‘Hora’ as in Ahura Mazda, and ‘Aman’ meaning to give sanctuary. In this case, the word Horaman will take on the meaning of ‘Help me Ahura’ and ‘Give me sanctuary Ahura’. In the Horami dialect, the word Horaman is also given to youngsters who develop early and show mature qualities. In this sense, Horaman can also mean early growth or rising, as in a prominent place which is more visible from the surrounding area.

Map of the Republic of Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (Artsakh)

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