OUR ONLY FRIENDS;

THIS POST IS SEEN AS PART 2 TO THE LAST STORY I PUBLISHED CALLED "THE MOUNTAINS" 

 I wanted to write this for individuals who might not know why Kurds have this saying, this is sort of an explanation. 

 "The mountains are our only friends" has been created by the Kurds as a deep rooted connection to their culture and landscape. We refer to the mountains as our friends, our protection, and our history. The mountains have been apart of our culture for many generations through the paths that Mullah Mustafa Barzani took as he fought for freedom, or the path Masoud Barzani took along side his father learning about the goal for liberation and independence. The mountains were always there to protect us. 

The protection these mountains served was always for the purpose of protecting our community, to not allow such community to be eradicated by such disgusting men who were in power. The mountains protected my mother during the day time while hiding from the regime and during the darkness while she walked with her family to the man made borders of what was considered to be Turkey. The mountains protected my father as he wore the symbol of the peshmerga high on his chest and fought the regime to protect the Kurdish dream. He used the mountains as strength and power to catch the ones who wanted to hurt my people. However, as history defines us our present moments alter us too.

The mountains have not and will never stop protecting our people. They continue to protect us in moments of question as Kurds were scared that ISIS was approaching their city, they never hesitated when they said "we have to go to the villages the mountains will protect us". The moments of strength as Kurds on the frontline, to this day, use the skills and knowledge gained from the mountains and as peshmerga veterans to destroy whats left of ISIS. As well, the moment of despair when the Yezidi Kurds ran to the mountains of Shingal to try and protect their loved ones. The mountains have always been apart of our daily living, and our survival. 

So when a Kurd says, "The mountains are our only friends" they truly do mean it because when no one acknowledged us, believed in us, or accepted us, the mountains did nothing but protect us. We as the Kurdish community will always stand by the mountains as our own and we will never forget what we were taught at a young age,  to never trust anyone but the mountains.

- Alê

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