The Tragedy of the Missing Barzanis

The Barzani tribe had long been a thorn in the flesh of the Iraqi central government. Hostilities reached boiling point during the Iraq-Iran War when Saddam Hussein accused them of collaborating with the Iranians. Soon afterwards between 5,000 and 8,000 Barzani tribesmen were abducted and never seen again.

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‘I didn’t know the flag I made for the Kurds would be so important’

A flag sewn by a 14-year-old girl called FATIMA ASSAD SHAHIN became a powerful symbol for the short-lived Kurdish Republic of Mahabad in Iran. Fatima's flag has since become an icon in Kurdistan.

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