Drawings of everyday life

Trouble in Kurdistan

Trouble in Kurdistan, originally uploaded by Paulien Maria.

Since February there are protests in Northern Iraq / Kurdistan.

The last days the demonstrations are suppressed violently, yesterday there were almost 100 wounded, Sunday about 50.

My Kurdish partner M. is worried.

The international press has been almost absent the last months.

I found this report in English, it is already one month old, but gives a lot of information:


And these short ones, which are more recent:


Reporters without Borders

UPDATE April 22th 2011: Fred Branfman gave me the following links:

Student protesters held hostage in Iraqi Kurdistan, April 19, 2011


4 responses

  1. I hope and pray that your loved ones are safe in this troubled world. nancy

    April 20, 2011 at 1:30 am

  2. Dear Nancy,

    thanks for your wishes.
    One of our best friends was kidnapped yesterday by the Kurdish security forces. Luckily he is free now, but they beat him up badly.

    April 20, 2011 at 9:20 am

  3. What a terrible situation for you and your partner, I hope everyone stays safe.

    April 20, 2011 at 10:28 pm

  4. Ann

    Your drawing really conveys his worry. I hope everyone remains safe.

    April 26, 2011 at 9:26 pm

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