The kerosene heater exploded taking the life of the mother of three small children, the close cousin of Charity*. The children, ages 5, 3 and 3 months were divided among the family members and arrangements were made for their mother’s burial. I asked Charity, my devout,...Read More
*Rose was the first lady that came to the community center before we even opened. She saw the sign, *A Place of Hope, and said that she needed hope and thought that God had sent us. Her life is very difficult with an invalid husband, and mother who has been very ill for a long...Read More
In a break during a recent class, my student confessed to me that he hates life. He lives here as a refugee, having come from a nearby country torn apart by war. Growing up in a very poor family, his father worked hard day and night and he encouraged his children to get a good...Read More
A young teacher named *B has been coming to our cultural club recently. He is a Kurd from Batman, Turkey. He is not shy, but in large groups he is rather quiet and just listens. Several of the guys at the dernek have been helping him with English one-on-one or in smaller...Read More
“There are about 25 million Kurds in the world, give or take a few million. Their homeland, called “Kurdistan,” spans four countries: Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Syria. They speak a language that is related to Persian, and have traditionally lived in the Taurus and Zagros mountains and nearby plains.