Finally, they have a real home

My elderly friends are moving!

To my dear reader,*
If you have read many of the pervious entries I have made in this blog, or my column at he Globe you will realize just how much I love and appreciate my friends at the elderly people’s home in Erbil. I shared with you their terrible living conditions in few of my entries last year. Well, I am over the moon right now, why? They are moving!!! The group of over 70 elderlies (male and female) who are unable to look after themselves are moving to a new home. Above: This is how the new place looks from a close up. Note, those will all be shops, the top level are apartments and the elderlies will be housed inside on the ground level.

Before you continue reading this blog you should be introduced to the 5 Ws: Where? in Kurdish: lasar jaday sad matri, in English: on 100 meter road right opposite Sardam hospital. When? in two months time–inshAllah Who? My elderly friends ofcourse What? Moving house!!!!! πŸ™‚ Why? Because the one that they are living in is the same one of the 1970s, it is no place for a human being to live. This is the entrance to the main reception- the new nursing home

They are all so excited about the move, every single one of them–but none of them are as interested and excited in the move as I am. I seriously can’t wait. Not only is it closer to my house- which mean I can visit more often- but also because I had always hoped, wished, dreamed, and prayed that they can have somewhere better to stay in.
There are eight large rooms like the one above

In my visit–to see my friends (if only they could read English and use the internet I think this blog might actually get some ‘hits’) I was told by one of them that they are going to move, and here is how the conversation went:

Daya Gulizard:** You must visit us in our new place as well, get the address so you know where it is
Me: What new place? Are you leaving?
Another Daya (next to Gulizard): We are going to a new home, we are moving, it’s big.
Me (to the social worker): You shouldn’t lie to them like this
Social worker: No! it’s true.
Me+Daya Gulizard+another Daya= BIG HUG!!

So, we had our usual conversations, I made sure this news was correct, took the details and visited the new place. For some reason I can sleep happy tonight, knowing that in less than eight weeks they will have comfort- at last!!
In their new home they have a pharmacy inside their building, this is the pharmacy window. Isn’t this great?!

There is no doubt the new home still requires a lot, but when compared to the one they live in now, the difference can not be made. It lacks a large garden–which my elderly friends love– but still, I look forward to the times where can sit and chat under the sun in this (above) small, yellow fenced area.

And this (picture below) hangs proudly in the director’s office! I am sure this will also move houses…

* Funny I say this, because the only reader who I was sure was reading this blog, now I know that even that reader no longer follows by entries! So why do I bother? Simply because when my fingers dance on the keyboard I forget the world.
** I try not to favor, but Daya Gulizard is just special. Go and see her if you ever pay a visit,

6 thoughts on “Finally, they have a real home

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  1. Thanks for Posting and sharing this piece. I am very grateful at the fact that these elderly people are getting a new home, even though I did not realize there was such a thing as a home for the elderly in Kurdistan till I read this blog. I have learned many great new things about Kurdistan and appreciate the time you put into doing the work you do and keeping people like me informed who have not been to Kurdistan since their childhood. keep up the great work! and God bless you!


  2. thats really great news – i needed any optimistic thing for the last few days as i have very hard time getting info about events in Kurdistan.
    But this one is great and the house is really beutiful – i had the thought during reading this entry, that i would like to meet these people as well – if not during my first visite in march – inshalla when i will go next time – hiwadarm for a longer than few days.
    God bless your friends in their new house.


  3. I love this blog! Initially, I was saddened to know we have elderly homes in Kstan. Deep down, I was hoping such reality was not the case in Kstan, but obviously the truth is we have to accept the change happening around the globe. However, I am extremely pleased to know that these elderly people are cared for in Kstan and that people are striving to improve the quality of their lives. They deserve to live with dignity and that is their right upon us all. God bless them. Well done Sazan for all your effort, God bless you too. πŸ™‚


  4. @Parween: I love you for loving this blog!! πŸ™‚ The majority of Kurds do look after their elederly parents, but there are always some– where ever you go– who don't take care of their parents for one of many reasons.
    Some of the elderly need too much attention and their kids just can't give it to them, others are expensive to look after due to their medical needs, and some… well they are just simply HEARTLESS. Then again, this is the story in many corners of the world. Don't worry, in their new home they will be fine. If you visit Kurdistan make sure you go and see them, you'll have a great time in their company.

    Thanks once again– keep reasing πŸ˜€


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