Get To Know: Jîl Swanî

When Alîn reached out to me to write this there was a moment of nervousness as I’m not used to writing about myself; whatever that I need voiced out I usually do through a story or an article, so this is the first time I write anything like this. Having said that, this is as good of a time as any to start. 

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Get To Know: Paisa Kazaz

Hello friends!

I’m Paisa, a 20-year-old Kurd living in England figuring out what it actually means for it to be a Kurd in the West. In my early years of life up to year 11 in secondary school, no one around me really knew what a Kurd was and where they were from. But then I started to tell people I was from a place in Northern Iraq called Slemani, since it seemed that Kurdistan was a mysterious non-existent place no one knew of.

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Get To Know: Péleen Mohammad

 Hello everyone reading this
My name is Péleen, I’m 23 from Duhok-Kurdistan. Here I’ll be talking about my passion and share some of my goals in life in general. I’ll start when I was younger I always wanted to work somewhere to help others to serve my community. As I grew my plans, my interest changed but my goal stayed the same, helping people.

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Get To Know: Bayse Genc

Hello everyone! I’m Bayse, a 19-year-old English Literature undergraduate in England. As my degree suggests, I love all kinds of literature – plays, novels, poetry. Being creative adds life to everything I do, whether it’s through writing essays, reading books, organizing outfits, photography or makeup. Although, my favourite thing to do is probably traveling. I love visiting different cities, exploring the culture and having a good time with friends. It’s also a great opportunity to take pictures for my Instagram!

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Get To Know: Lozan Amedi

Being a Kurdish woman is hard. Being a Kurdish woman living in the United States? Almost impossible.

I’ve lived in the United States practically my entire life, like every other Kurdish family, my family and I were refugees brought over by the American government. I’m sad to admit this, but for the first half of my life, I didn’t even know I was Kurdish. My parents never taught me about my heritage, as a child they would tell me to just tell others I was from Iraq, but they would make it clear to me that I wasn’t Arab so I grew up not knowing who I was. It wasn’t until I got a little older and went back to Kurdistan in 2009 that I came in touch with my roots and discovered who my people were, who I was.

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Get To Know: Pare Tovi

Fashion may not be what truly defines us, but it’s certainly what allows us to stand out as individuals on a daily basis. Hi loves! My name is Pare Tovi and I am 22 years old from Plano, Texas. I am a Kurdish-American and I am proud.

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Get To Know: Fatima Telli

Hello friends! My name is Fatima Telli. 

I am a Kurdish- Canadian author, mother, wife, and pre-trial clerk.

I wanted to write a thrilling and exciting piece for Alin’s blog (I even thought about writing an Inventory of Being) but truth is I haven't climbed any mountains or fought any battles. But what I have done, is lived a life worth sharing, a story worth telling.

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Get To Know: Sayran Barzani

My Diaspora Reality

I was born and raised in the United States. For almost the first twenty years of my life I grew up in a culture, my American culture, that barely knew who the Kurds were and where the Kurds were from. I will never forget when I was in the fifth grade, someone asked me where I was from and I said Kurdistan. The person who asked me naturally replied with, “Where is that” and as I began to describe geographically where that was what came out was, “it’s in northern Iraq”. “Oh so you are Iraqi, is Saddam Hussein your uncle” followed by laughter from a kid who didn’t know any better.

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Get To Know: Soza Mohamed

My name is Sozyar, known as Soza on social media and I prefer to be called Soza :) 

Ok here is the part where I should be telling you what I do on social media (Instagram), first things first I am not a model and never even thought to be one, just the fact that I share my outfit pictures made everyone call me a Model, I seriously am not one I just share what I wear and sometimes do shout out to pages and clothing company or maybe anything that takes my attention.

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