Adventures in Kurdistan Reply

A man in Zakho, Iraq,  wearing traditional Kurdish attire. Photos by Sara Monteabaro

A man in Zakho, Iraq, wearing traditional Kurdish attire. Photos by Sara Monteabaro

Sara Monteabaro writes:  During January 2014, I traveled to the Kurdistan region of Iraq along with five other students from New York University’s master’s in global affairs program. The trip was part of the Joint Research Seminar in Peacebuilding run by Professor Thomas Hill in conjunction with the University of Duhok in Iraq. As part of the program, each NYU student paired up with a Duhok counterpart to write a research paper on a topic related to peacebuilding in the Kurdistan region.

My partner, Sami Atroshi, and I conducted a study on the relationship between unemployed university graduates and the Kurdistan Regional Government; we  examined the overall impact of that relationship on peace and stability in Duhok. We conducted 10 interviews and three focus groups and found mixed opinions pertaining to the graduates’ attitudes and outlooks on their futures. This photo series is a small taste of life in the Kurdistan region from an outsider’s lens. Overall, the trip was an invaluable experience and I look forward to returning to Duhok in the future – possibly for further research.

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