Villages are the roots of any culture or nation. Villages and life in villages represent the core values of a nation and richness in language and tradition.
Wherever there are more villages there are more roots, histories, norms, and purity of languages and culture.
To destroy all these values in Kurdistan, Iraqi regime, Saddam's government started destroying Kurdish villages from 1975 to 1990.
An estimated more than 4500 vaillages and small towns were razed to the ground. Only about 900 villages were left standing.
New Kelle: Kelle is a newly rebuilt village nearby Mawatt,
North of Sulaymaniy, in UN protected safe-haven, August 2001
Kelle is a newly rebuilt village by its returned survivors after its destruction, deportation, and killing most of its people by Iraqi regime's army during Iraq-Iran war.
Dryeh: Photo taken in April 2001
Dryeh is a beautiful village nearby Mawatt, north of Sulaymaniy city. Its long spring provides lasting pastures for livestock and its fertile soil helps villagers grow variety of vegetables and fruits.
Dralla : Photo taken in April 2001
Dralla is an attractive hilltop, breathtaking village near Dryeh village. Its residents busy nurturing sheep and hens. In addition to that, they produce crops, such as grain and peas.
An abandoned view, Zallim , Sulaymaniy - Kurdistan , taken by Kurdo, April , 2000
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