In 2015, it is very easy to let the media distort our view of certain parts of the world, especially the Middle East. The goal of this article was to challenge the images and ideas that often come into people’s mind upon discovering that Kurdistan is in the Middle East, and proving with pictures (because I believe that pictures can speak louder than words) that those assumptions have no real pillar upon which they can stand, and that they are nothing more than just assumptions molded and formed with the help of the media. I want to show that Kurdistan really is a beautiful part of the world, and that like many other Middle Eastern countries, has been victim to preconceived notions about the people, the culture, and the standard of living within its borders. Enjoy!

1. Mud Houses

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Who would want to live in such a miserable house?

2. Intolerance Towards Other Religions

2.This Saint Joseph’s Church located in Ankawa really shows how intolerant the Kurds are towards other religions

This Saint Joseph’s Church located in Ankawa really shows how intolerant the Kurds are towards other religions

3. Bland Food

I would rather eat fried goat stomach

I would rather eat fried goat stomach

4. Boring Scenery

This scenery is so boring that it put me to sleep

This scenery is so boring that it put me to sleep

5. No Ancient History

No 4,000 year old citadels here, sorry.

No 4,000 year old citadels here, sorry.

6. Not Safe

Just look at all this violence

Just look at all this violence

7. It’s a Giant Desert

Nothing but barren desert

Nothing but barren desert

8. The Women Are Oppressed

Precisely what an oppressed female looks like

Precisely what an oppressed female looks like

9. Boring Architecture

Cannot imagine why anybody would want to visit Sherwana Castle

Cannot imagine why anybody would want to visit Sherwana Castle

10. Everybody Rides a Camel

Introducing the 2015 Camel drift race in Hewler

Introducing the 2015 Camel drift race in Hewler

11. Boring Countryside

Just your average, everyday countryside

Just your average, everyday countryside

12. The Cities Are a Ruin

A complete ruin

A complete ruin

13. Nothing to Do

Not even a mall to shop at

Not even a mall to shop at

14. Nothing to See

Just another boring site

Just another boring site

15. Kurds Do Not Know How to Party

Not at all

Not at all

16. The Villages Are More Boring Than the Cities

Another typical looking village

Another typical looking village

 

These photos are collected on various websites, all credit and image rights belong to their rightful owners.

  • Bozkurtum T.

    Isn’t it true that those whirling derwishes come from a Turkish city of Konya? How do you relate this to any Kurdish city or culture???

    • Kwestan

      Regardless of where the Whirling Derwishes originate from, it doesn’t change the fact that that particular picture was taken in a mall in Kurdistan. I wasn’t trying to convey an image of Whirling Dervishes to try and pass it off as Kurdish culture; I showed a picture of a mall where a performance was being held.

      • Bozkurtum T.

        Well, since there are not much to show of your own I guess you do have to use image of other cultures.

        • Kwestan

          Take your blatant ignorance and bigotry somewhere else; it’s certainly not welcomed here.

          • Bozkurtum T.

            Typical fascist! Instead of debating you would rather to curse.

          • Kwestan

            Come back when you have an intellectual topic to debate with me about. Do not confuse this for a debate, this is you merely being a bigot.

          • Bozkurtum T.

            Like I said,? Typical FASCIST !!!!

          • Hedstedt

            You have the fascist Attaturk who massacred and committed genocides on innocent people as your profile pic and your username is of a turkish ultra-nationalist terrorist organization, but yet have the audacity to call someone else a fascist. Check yourself. Would it be better if Kurds just like your country and people with a backward mentality would start banning cultures as well?

          • Bozkurtum T.

            Apparently he missed few!

          • Darbaz M. Dara

            Your iconic super pussy(Atashit) killed civilians same as ISIL (kids, females Men with no guns and Old people), he was a fkn scary pussy dude who kissed so many asses just to become a general and then kissed more white asses to become in power (based on historical events) and when he got in power he couldn’t fight with anybody and he was such a fkn scary baby he tried to wipe out any other nation in the country that he got it as a gift of pimping his family to a French generals. so I don’t think he missed any asses to kiss at that time and he was not that big deal or big man to kill anyone.. go find another nationality you fkn Turkish goat fucker (confused Mongol).

          • Darbaz M. Dara

            Dude, Turks specially can not talk about democracy, fascists or goat fucking… this things are not in Turkish dictionary. find an alternative methods maybe you can speak in English (oh you do speak English) got the point?

          • Darbaz M. Dara

            oh and by the way…. there is nothing 100% Turkish in Turkey… if you go back and check your miserable culture in Mongolia and compare it to your what so called (Turkey) it has nothing to do with each other LMFAO

  • Joachim Schreiber

    I wanto to come I want to visit! How is it done? is ist possile now and if yes – via what route? awesome!!!

    • Kwestan

      Yes, you certainly can fly directly into Kurdistan! There are two airports available; one in the capital city of Erbil and another one in Sulaymaniyah. You can fly directly from certain cities in Europe (like Vienna) to Kurdistan. You can also fly from other parts of the middle east such as Turkey.

  • Hamno Dilshad

    number 12 is one of my photographs, why u removed the watermark. ?

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