“I am worried about the unrest,” the friend who picks me up from the airport after a trip abroad confides in me. “These protests, will they get us into another civil war?”
Welcome back to Kurdistan where the war against the Islamic
terror group ISIS has changed the scene completely in a year, with an
economic growth of 10 percent plunging into negatives. Where over 1,300
Kurdish Peshmerga have died fighting ISIS, and over 6,000 wounded. Brave
Peshmerga who are honoured by all Kurds and who like most civil
servants in the Kurdistan Region have not been paid for months.
As over 75 percent of all jobs are offered by the government,
the result is disastrous for most, especially for those who do not have
any income other than from driving a taxi or running a business. So it
is a miracle really that protests did not start in earnest before, apart
from minor ones in the second Kurdish city of Sulaimani.
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