The Kurdistan People
There is a place in the world that bespeaks of indefinable chaos and difficulties. The very reason is that their lands are being seized by other people who never respected their rights to live in a peaceful way. They are not also given the opportunity participate in political processes due to their racial and ethnic profiles. The people living in the said place are often regarded as people without a state or stateless people. These people are called Kurds who are non-Arabs living in Arab countries. For so many years, the continuing struggle of the Kurds to keep the land that is rightfully theirs is overwhelming. Their ambition to fully participate in political processes is widespread. Under the cloak of self-determination and freedom, many Kurds are still fighting against the Arab people amidst the grueling political movements, insurgency, uprisings and rebellion as well as escape to find economic opportunities in other countries.
The first thing that should be done in this paper when we speak about Kurds is to define Kurdistan land, a place which has been beset by myriad persecutions. The next is laying down the role of Kurds and their parties to have independent state. It is in this stage that we will know the basic information about Kurds as a group of people in a very controversial place called Kurdistan land. Basically, there are four countries that are involved in the Kurds’ quest for independence and self-determination. These countries involve Syria, Iran, Iraq and Turkey wherein thousands of Kurds are living in the regions of the said countries. While the Arabs wanted to eliminate the presence of the Kurds and other non-Arabs in the said countries, many Kurds offered their lives to prevent the same plan. In all instances, economic and political development of these countries is being affected due to the continuous struggle of the Kurdish people.
Kurdistan land is the land of the people who are called Kurds. It is mostly a mountainous area which is found at the Western part of Asia continent. The sad comment about Kurdistan land is that it is geographically united and cohesive but it is politically divided into four countries (“What is Kurdistan?). Basically, the location of Kurdistan land is on the Southeast of Turkey, western side of Iran, North and Southeastern side of Iraq as well as North of Syria (“What is Kurdistan?). The approximated land mass of Kurdistan land is 530,000 square kilometers.
It is said that Kurdistan is a land wealthy in oil and mineral resources. However, it is no secret that it is also underdeveloped for so many years. Among the regions in the countries of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria, the Kurdistan land is the least developed. The fact is that Kurds derive there earnings from shepherding as well as farming (“What is Kurdistan?). When it comes to water supply, Kurdistan land has remarkable amount of water resources. As such, it is called the heart of the region in water availability. Furthermore, its soil is productive and rain fall is plentiful.
There are major cities that are found in Kurdistan land. These cities include Kurdistan of Turkey having huge Kurdish populace consisting of Diyar Bakir, Mardin, Urfa, Badlis, Batman, Wan, Malatya, Marash, Jizeera,Mush, Erzinjan (Erzinacean) and Eruzurum (“What is Kurdistan?). The next city is Kurdistan of Iran which is composed of Kurmanshah, Khorramabad, Ilam, Qasri-Shirin, Senna, Mahabad, Bukan, Saqqiz and Orumiyah (“What is Kurdistan?). It also include Kurdistan of Iraq having Kirkuk,Sulaimaniyah,Arbil, Dohuk, Halabja, Khanaqin, Mandali and Sinjar as cities (“What is Kurdistan?). Aside from that, there is also Kurdistan of Syria with Qamishly, Hasakeh, daiyrik, A' muda, Darabsiya, Ayn Diwar and Afin as cities belonging to it (“What is Kurdistan?).
The role of the Kurds and their parties to have an independent state is vital for its realization. The Kurds must show courage and determination in order to own the lands that has been taken away from them by settlers in Kurdistan land. Its political parties that have gained influence in the political arena must continue to wield power that might help in having an independent state. In Iraq for instance, the Kurds there are using different lines of defense that keep the borders secured (Totten, 2006, p. 1). The first line of defense is the implementation of the rule that none of the Kurds should ruin the peace within communities and the second defense is keeping away with troublemakers by killing those who wish to destroy the place (Totten, 2006, p. 1). Hence, it is general submission that the Kurds must protect its people first and foremost and then continue fighting for their rights within the regions that they are found.
The Kurds have also their right and their participation in the politics in countries like Iran, Syria, Iraq and Turkey. Modern debates and discussions on human rights include of the presentation that different communities, races and cultures as well as traditions deserve the right to be protected from destruction or decay, to exist, right to assimilate and be maintained. This move is also applicable to the Kurds living in the regions found in Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. There has been a movement to recognize the rights of minorities that has been deprived of the rights that they deserve including the Kurds.
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- LLB Graduate Karen Lopez (Author), 2009, The Kurdistan People, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/129937