At Lister we encourage our students to research and reflect on issues that concern and interest them. We welcome students who would like to share their perspectives on this blog to email with their proposed theme. Thank you to Lazia and Fatimin for writing this blog.

Protect the Kurds

Introduction by Fatimin

This blog is about Kurdistan, a beautiful region which at the moment is going through serious destruction and here is what you need to know and how you can help.

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This is Kurdistan and it holds more than 25 million people.

The people are mostly Muslims.

Kurds make up about 10% of the population in Syria, 19% of the population of Turkey, 15-20% of the population of Iraq and are the second largest ethnicity in Iran.

Now that you know a little about this region, do you know what is going on there? You probably don’t because the UK news rarely covers this sort of thing.

Here is Lazia Nabaz in Year 9 who is from Kurdistan and is going to explain what is going on and her opinion.

Lazia’s reflections
You may not know who the Kurds are but let me tell you. They are a ethnic group with no country but are from northern Iraq, south east turkey, north east Syria and north west of Iran

On 25th June Turkish airstrikes bombed a village near a tourist resort in the city of Sulaymaniyah (Iraq), these people were Kurds. Many innocent lives have ended and many families are in pain from mourning and many others have lost their home and remain with no accommodation. Innocent civilians who were just enjoying their picnic and living their life and now are gone.Sadly this is not the first time that this has happened. On 30 December 2011, Turkish Air Force killed 35 Kurds including 18 innocent children.

Kurds have suffered for years, so tell me when will they get their peace and justice and freedom. Kurds face racism and discrimination and has always been a region that people don’t even consider an importance.

Human beings are being killed, and the sad part is that parents just want their children to grow up without knowing the meaning of war or even experiencing a horrible death due to lack of political representation.
We need our voices to be heard! We have to put an end to this! We need your support!

Fatimin’s reflections 
Everything Lazia has said is true, we simply need to help each other as humans and their voices need to be heard. And as a school of diversity we have every culture and race and more so let us use that and start educating ourselves.

Here are some petitions you can sign, please do something, imagine if this was your family or someone you loved, you would want to help and speak up so do the same.

Here are some petitions which we wanted to share – before signing any petition make sure you have researched the case using more than one source in order to make a balanced judgement.






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