Get To Know: Paisa Kazaz
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.
As years have gone by atrocities by terrorists who claim to be following Islam have basically made Kurdistan known to the whole world. And this is due to our brave and strong Kurdish Peshmerga (and others) fighting against these animals to make the Middle East/the world safer. I remember in my first year of university I went to a couple of demonstrations held by Kurds from Turkey bringing awareness of their oppression and I had no idea that this was the type of struggle they were going through. As is the same for many other ethnicities being oppressed by lands they’re forced to be a part of.
I started my uni undergraduate degree in Politics and International Relations in 2015 and since then I have learnt so much about myself and my Kurdish people, along with what I want to do in the future. I have developed my love for reading so much that I have created a blog called Paisa’s Thoughts, dedicated to reviews for when I complete a book as I want to share my thoughts with the world, my blog also covers any thoughts I have or topics I want to cover that I feel are important, including my experiences. My experiences, volunteering, and internships have all been so important in shaping who I am today and what I believe is important to me and so in the future, I hope to go into the humanitarian sector of employment because I value so much in this world and I believe we all should feel this way.
Over the past few years, I have experienced what it’s like to be an activist, a fighter for Kurdish independence and for human rights all over the world. But the reality is you can’t do this 24/7, I had to have a break of it all, but now I’ve realized there is so much more to do. I have so much love for Kurdistan and my people so as a result of my education I want to help my home country in any way that I can.
The way I identify myself now is an ambitious Kurdish woman who lives in Britain who doesn’t let anything come between her and her goals.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me and zor supas to Alin for allowing me this opportunity.
Biji Kurd, Biji Kurdistan.