Kurdistan

IRAQI KURDISTAN: Origami at Arbat IDP Camp


Children far from home in a desolate environment.  Caring volunteers who want to make their lives a little brighter and more colorful.

On 26 April, CPTers Marcus Armstrong, Chihchun Yuan and some of the youth of Arbat camp spent one and half hours doing Origami in an activity organized by the workers of STEP.

Some young people, mostly boys, had hands that had done hard labour, and initially the delicacy needed for Origami was a challenge. They learned quickly and soon everyone had made a beautiful crane and had written his name on it. Each was a unique work!

Prayers for Peacemakers April 21, 2016 Iraqi Kurdistan

Prayers for Peacemakers April 21, 2016    Iraqi Kurdistan

Pray for the villagers in the Dohuk governorate of Iraqi Kurdistan made homeless by Turkish cross border bombing raids in the past few weeks.  Pray for Christian Peacemaker Teams – Iraqi Kurdistan’s efforts to reach out to these villagers as they return to the area and reconnect with old friends.

*Epixel for Peacemakers April 24, 2016  Fourth Sunday of Easter
Kurdish villagers  in Zharawa camp displaced by Turkish bombing in 2012
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "See, the home of God is among
 mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and
God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death
will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things
 have passed away." Revelation 213-4
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming
 Sunday's 
Revised Common Lectionary readings.

IRAQI KURDISTAN: March 2016 Newsletter now available!


Newroz - Celebrating the new year of 2716 !

The participants on the 45th CPT training joined other friends to celebrate the 2716 New Kurdish Year (Nawroz) by visiting the Kurdish mountains. Nawroz represents freedom, renewed hope and Kurdish dreams.
 

IRAQI KURDISTAN: Oil companies continue to steal and destroy land


On 29 February 2016 two CPT-Iraqi Kurdistan team members went to the community of Hajji Ahmed to meet with Kak Miro, the village leader. Villagers have been struggling to maintain their land rights and have also been trying to gain adequate compensation for lands already confiscated by Exxon Mobil. CPT has been helping to amplify the voices of villagers since August 2013.

Exxon Mobil has finished one oil well and capped it for later use in a nearby field. During this process, the company, with the assistance of the Kurdistan Regional Government, appropriated land from local farmers. The construction and drilling polluted some of the land, causing plants, trees and vines to suffer or die. Kak Miro has heard that digging for a second well is to start soon.

Kak Miro asked the team to help him write a letter to the Committee of Human Rights and Natural Resources of the Kurdistan Parliament about not receiving any compensation for his lost and damaged land. He was waiting for a phone call from a committee member to set an appointment to deliver the letter.

Prayers for Peacemakers, March 17, 2016

We give thanks for the peacemakers-in-training in Iraqi Kurdistan, who recently passed the halfway mark of their training. We ask for endurance and fortitude for all involved in this training, as the group shares skills, learns history, and experiments with peacemaking and justice-seeking in this specific context.

*Epixil for Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016 Sixth Sunday in Lent
Trainees in Kurdistan experiment with a "hassle line"
Trainees in Kurdistan experiment with a "hassle line"
Isaiah 43:19
I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting.
The Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me.
Isaiah 50:6-8

*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

Prayers for Peacemakers, March 10, 2016

We give thanks for the peacemakers-in-training in Iraqi Kurdistan, who recently passed the halfway mark of their training. We ask for endurance and fortitude for all involved in this training, as the group shares skills, learns history, and experiments with peacemaking and justice-seeking in this specific context.

*Epixil for March 13, 2016 Fifth Sunday in Lent
Trainees in Kurdistan experiment with a "hassle line"
Trainees in Kurdistan experiment with a "hassle line"
Isaiah 43:19
I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:19

*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

IRAQI KURDISTAN VIDEO: Action in solidarity in unpaid state in employees

CPTnet
23 February 2016
IRAQI KURDISTAN VIDEO:  Action in solidarity in unpaid state in employees

What if you had to go to work every day and not get paid?  The 2016 Christian Peacemaker Trainees in Sulaimani wanted to show solidarity with Kurdish Regional Government employees facing exactly this dilemma.  They had planned to undertake their action in Suleimani’s Azadi Park on 19 February 2016, but the government authorities denied them a permit.

Instead, they shot this video on top of the roof of the CPT apartment.  Please share widely.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXbPKIP7EYg

 

Currently, our CPT Iraqi Kurdistan needs a new washing machine,that would allow team members to wash clothes without wasting too much water, electricity and time.

A new functional washing machine costs $350 in Iraqi Kurdistan.
If you decide to help us, please, click on this link and make sure you mention that you would like to donate for new washing machine. 



Thank you very much!

IRAQI KURDISTAN: "My tent is beautiful"—a Sunni Arab refugee’s story

A drawing by a boy from Salahadeen depicting life in his home on the farm and life in the camp.

Ahmed* watched his brother disappear in the smoke. “The bomb hit and I couldn't even see him to save him. I haven't seen him since. Then we had to quickly run away.” As the Iraqi militias faced the ISIS invaders, Ahmed fled with his wife, three small children, and eight members of his extended family. He left his farm with its fertile fields, vineyards and orchards to live in a tent camp just outside Sulaimani, Iraqi Kurdistan. He says, “We have not slept one night in a house since we left Salahadeen eighteen months ago. It is so cold here. I had never seen snow before.”

 The world media report about ISIS and the Syrian refugees that fled to nearby countries. They have also told of Ezidis (Yazidis) and Christians of Iraq who left everything behind to live as internally displaced persons (IDP) in another region of Iraq. However, the media have largely neglected the story of the Sunni Iraqi Arabs of the province of Salahadeen.

Prayers for Peacemakers, January 20, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers, January 20, 2016

Give thanks for the people in Iraqi Kurdistan who want to reach across ethnic groups and class divisions and participate in CPT Iraqi Kurdistan’s Alternatives to Violence workshop.  Pray for their peacemaking efforts as they return to their communities.

UNITED STATES: Former CPT Iraq, Palestine, Vieques team member goes to jail for drone resistance

 On 12 January, the National Day of Action to Stop Killer Drones, grandmother and drone resister Mary Anne Grady Flores learned that she will go back to jail for six months starting Tuesday, 19 January. Grady Flores served as an intern on the Palestine and Iraq teams and was part of Christian Peacemaker Team’s delegation campaign to stop the U.S. Navy bombing of the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.

Grady Flores had been out on appeal of a lower court convicting her of violating an order of protection. Col. Evans of the Hancock Air National Guard Base 174th Attack Wing (in Syracuse, NY), sought the order to “protect” him from nonviolent anti-drone activists.  The court charged her with violating the order because she took pictures of eight Catholics protesting the US drone assassination program at Hancock on Ash Wednesday, 13 February 2013.  Onondaga County Court Judge Miller upheld the lower court conviction. Of note is that a court acquitted all eight Catholic drone resisters because they went to uphold law, not break it.

The court and the Base have used orders of protection, typically given in domestic violence situations, in an attempt to deter protest and suppress free speech. Judge Miller also upheld a lower court ruling on the Hancock 17, seventeen nonviolent drone resisters who received orders of protection, jail time, and fines.