Fading Love for Kurdistan

I grew up in the arms of a father who told us Peshmerga stories at bedtime. Who sat us on his lap, and told us how it was to be escaping the enemy from cave to cave in the mountains during the night; how it was for friends’ limbs to be amputated; what it was... Continue Reading →

Number One Social Media Influencer and Vlogger in Kurdistan: Meet Rezhna!

Dear Loyal Reader, Rezhna Husen is my favourite social media influencer in Kurdistan. How can I not introduce her on this blog? Rezhna, @rrezhnna Kurdish Social Media Influencer, beekeeper, gardener/farmer and Vlogger on YouTube My favourite Social Media Influencer* introduces herself as a beekeeper and a gardener. With a degree in computer science, this 23... Continue Reading →

The Corona Funeral

It is October. My favourite month of the year. Like all my mornings, on the second day of October, I woke up and sat outside. It was a different type of morning, with cool breeze through my hair I swung on our swing to the sound of birds and the sight of a few of... Continue Reading →

Five ways forward: Local produce and products

Hello Loyal Reader! Small businesses' survival heavily relies on their local communities, as a country there is a lot we can do to facilitate their success, I am not a specialist, but here are five ways forward, that we can implement with little budget: Each of the three cities need an allocated location with very... Continue Reading →

An Identity Crisis?

Some questions haunt us for life, for me, as I have entered the third decade of my life, sometimes the idea of identity remains unanswered in my mind… Recently I have come across a lot of remarks such as: ‘I am citizen of the world’ ‘belonging to the world’ ‘the world is my home’ and... Continue Reading →

A little Maldives experience in Erbil

Hello Loyal Reader! Today, after five days at a friend’s village house overlooking majestic mountains and the breath-taking river in Rezan, a two-hour drive from the heart of Hawler (the new tunnel is magic. I swear). It feels as though I am packing to return home from a Maldives trip. No exaggeration. We have breakfast... Continue Reading →

Spring Nights and My Neighbourhood

Loyal reader, allow me, this evening, to take you to our neighbourhood. There is something magical about spring nights in Hawler. It is as if the entire neighbourhood has come out form their winter hibernation. At 6:30 as the Mulla of the local mosque calls for the Maghreb prayer every child runs inside, everything is... Continue Reading →

The Harvard Foodie of Kurdistan – PART I

Hello there! The Corona Virus has become the world's biggest social experiment; testing marriages, relationships, family dynamics, patience and effects of loneliness. It has also revealed a Kurdish husband's cooking potential, a human being's ability to open the same fridge 30 times in 25 minutes; revolutionised our perception of the sacred job of hair dressers;... Continue Reading →

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