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Who Are Kurds?

The Kurds are nomadic people who originally came from Southwest Asia particularly in the mountainous areas of Iraq, Turkey and Iran which they refer as the land of the Kurds or Kurdistan. The Kurds has an Indo-European feature and origin and whose lives revolve on herding livestock animals such as goats and sheep. The Kurds, being nomadic in nature has no permanent state or country; rather they live across boarder and can wander freely in-between countries. However, during the onset of the World War I, right after the Ottoman Empire fell Kurds were no longer able to cross boarders freely and to worsen their situation, no country accepted them. They were not also allowed to create a separate state which is based on tribal organizational leadership.

History explains that the Kurds were from Romania who travelled to Bulgaria, turkey and many parts in Southwest Asia. It was because of the movement of their cattle that they themselves also wander around in the vast regions of Southwest Asia. Because they are nomadic and don’t have their own form of government, they were often subjected to discrimination and persecution. They forbidden to practice their beliefs and tradition and were even prohibited to wear their traditional attires when they are in another country. Since majority of them are Sunni Muslims, as was influenced by other countries’ faith and beliefs, they were also a target for elimination during the times of the crusades. Nowadays, the Kurds are governed by tribal organizations rather than an organized state government.

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