Get To Know: Zari Briefkani

Living in Kurdistan has molded me into the person I am today. Literally. Growing up, I never expected to feel a love so deep and so selfless for anything. This wasn't until I moved to Kurdistan, leaving my life behind in Canada. That move was a tremendous deal for me and it affected me in so many ways. It was a love-hate relationship living in Kurdistan due to the fact I was born and raised in a completely different environment. It took me a few years to be able to adapt to the Kurdish culture and even then, I wasn’t fully satisfied with my life. I didn’t comprehend how great it truly was until I moved back to Canada for University.

Being away from Kurdistan made me recognize how much love I actually have for my homeland. The second you notice how homesick you really are, there is absolutely no way that you'll be able to live without it. Now that I'm back in Montreal, I always have my homeland in the back of my mind. It is the reason for every little step I take within my life. It is the reason I'm finishing my education. It is the reason for the unexplainable bond I have with my father. It is what drives me and what helps motivate me. It's why I strive to be the best version of myself. The number one reason for my dedication to complete my degree is so that I can move back home and help Kurdistan. Kurds are known to be fighters. We're known for our peshmerga. We're known for our brave and fearless soldiers that help Kurdistan every single day by protecting our land. I plan on doing the same. I plan on protecting and fighting for my land the same way peshmerga do but, instead of using weapons I will use my education, my wisdom & my knowledge. I will do as much as I can to further build the land my ancestors have fought so hard for. It's only a matter of time until we all come together as one and watch our motherland flourish into what we've been praying for.

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