Pomegranate Stained Skirts

A poem dedicated to Şingal and our stolen Kurdish Ezîdî girls. Pomegranate Stained Skirts Pomegranate stained skirts, ruby lined necks, Ignored pulses, forced to endure on intruders beds. Innocence stolen b...

Slemani In The Snow

This morning I woke up to find that overnight a thick blanket of snow had fallen across Slemani and its province. Without much thinking, I packed my camera bag and decided to explore my first ever encounter wit...

21 Faces of Newroz

On the 21st March, the people of Kurdistan welcomed the year 2714 and celebrated the first day of Spring, it is on this day that hundreds of thousands of Kurds take to various beautiful locations across Kurdist...

Newroz with…Shlovan

If you have a social media account, it is almost impossible for you not to have come across a hilarious vine courtesy of a 21 year old Kurd by the name of Shlovan. Originally from Slemani (South Kurdistan), Shl...

Newroz street parade in Slemani

Every year on the 20th March, tens of thousands of people flock to the city centre and come together in celebration of Newroz. Dressed in their traditional Kurdish clothes, men, women and children enjoy live en...

Relentless Zephyr

Relentless Zephyr Suffused in a crimson flood amidst pale, still faces, I danced amongst a relentless zephyr. A presto of odourless vapours in symphony with the wind, Composed silent roars, that began to settle...

A Castle of Two Rivers – Qaladze

To the north of the city of Slemani, sits a town on top of a hill in-between two rivers called Qaladze. Just like many other towns in Kurdistan, Qaladze is surrounded by intimidating yet beautiful mountains tha...

The View by The Darling Beast

My photos below have not been taken to justify the beauty that is within Kurdistan, they are instead a small insight to the wonder that can be explored on a land that is still soaked with anguish from years of ...