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Photo showing the Euphrates

Historical map of 1895: Asia Minor and Kurdistan
(Zoom to the place called "East & Southern East Anatolia" today)
Being a Kurd

I can't talk because I don't know my language
I'd like to tell you about my self but I don't know my history
I have no education because there are no schools
I don't have a brother, he was a politician, he got killed

No I'm sorry, no friends either, they are all in prison

I don't have a village because it's burned down
I don't have a house because tanks destroyed it
I couldn't stay in my land because mines cover it
I have no sister, she was a journalist, she just disappeared

No I'm sorry, no relatives either, they fled from the war

I don't know any songs, they are banned
I can't dance, it's forbidden
I can't tell you any stories because no one ever told me any
I don't have parents, they were hanged

No, I'm sorry, no country either, it has been stolen.

Cigerxwn (English: Jigarkhwin) (1903 - 1984) was a renowned Kurdish poet, writer, journalist, historian, lexicographer

Some people think there is no region called Kurdistan and has never been...
Sure, Kurdistan is not a country, but it is the original name of a geography whose name has been changed and forbidden.
Today divided in four country.

It`s not me who called the region Kurdistan. It`s the historical maps.

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