Prayers for Peacemakers, June 26, 2013

Give thanks for the release of whistleblower Karzan Karim, jailed in 2011 in Iraqi Kurdistan after publicly denouncing corruption at Erbil International Airport. Karzan thanked Christian Peacemaker Teams and other organizations that advocated for him during his imprisonment.

IRAQI KURDISTAN: Landmines in the fields--an ever present danger

Field where the mine exploded 

As the recent CPT delegation climbed the road into the Quandil mountains in Iraqi Kurdistan we felt the coolness of snowfields still present at the end of May.  The tips of the rocky range marked the border with Iran.  We emerged from our minibus in the idyllic mountain village, Kani Spi, to spy the blue tractor moving below us on the field.  It made its way up to the yard and stopped.  Fifteen-year-old Halgurd (named for the highest mountain in Iraq) climbed out.  He greeted us and we all introduced ourselves.

As he spoke to Mohammed, our translator, he quietly and matter-of-factly told us that the day before a mine had exploded under his tractor.  “I was very scared.  But not even the tractor was harmed.  The mine made a big hole deep into the ground.  I was OK too.”  Halgurd’s father lost a leg to a mine and he knows people who have lost their lives to the same destructive weapons.

IRAQI KURDISTAN REFLECTION: Peace is a woman and woman is peace

There we were, sitting around a table under bright green grape leaves and infant grape clusters that protected us from the hot sun.  Unusually, the women outnumbered the men. However, even more unusual was that the first question came from a woman to me. “I am asking you because you are a woman,” she said. “Violence against women happens all over the world. How do you think that we can change that?” 

IRAQI KURDISTAN: Spring 2013 Update

An overview of
CPT Iraqi
activities during
spring 2013.

Prayers for Peacemakers, April 17, 2013

Pray that the women of Iraqi Kurdistan may find freedom from domestic violence, discrimination in legal and medical systems, honor killings and other forms of oppression. Give strength and courage to those who advance women's rights and well-being.

IRAQI KURDISTAN: Headway, resistance in advancing women's rights

CPT Iraqi Kurdistan has published a new a report summarizing views of fellow activists in the field of Women’s Rights in Iraqi Kurdistan.