Read here. This week I met the families of the Kurdish migrants who died in the back of a van in Austria whilst being smuggled to Europe. When he heard the news, Ahmed Usman got into his car and drove in circles around the city of Sulaimaniyah, crying and wondering if he could have prevented his brother Saeed from going, or changed his mind.
Story here. Khatab’s eyes dart around the torch-lit room as he speaks. His family, part of Iraq’s Yazidi minority, sit around him inside the shell of a half-built home as darkness falls. “Look, we have nothing,” says the nervous-looking 15-year-old, pointing to the plastic-covered holes in the walls where windows should be. Two weeks ago the teenager attempted to reach Europe, walking for 35 hours towards the Turkish-Bulgarian border before he was arrested. “He is still shaking now”, his father says.
Story here. Growing numbers of young Iraqi Kurds are joining the PKK, despite the breakdown of the rebel group’s ceasefire with the Turkish government. Young Kurds say they want to join its fighters in the battle against Isis – partly out of frustration at the failings of their own government in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region. Photo by Ali Arkady.