Tall And True Short Reads
Kurd Friends in the Mountains
Episode 60 (4 October 2022)
My wife and I visited Turkey in 1988. We had endured our first English winter and spent two weeks hugging the coastal sites and sunny beaches. We returned in 1990, venturing far from the coast to the mountains of eastern Turkey, where Kurds befriended us, and we learned a little of Kurdish culture.
Kurd Friends in the Mountains
Season Three: Episode 60 (4 October 2022)
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I wrote Kurd Friends in the Mountains in October 2019, drawing on my memories, journal entries, travel-worn map and the photo of the young girl I had taken on my trip to eastern Turkey in 1990.
I have an Iraqi Kurd friend who was a refugee in Iran for several years before resettling in Australia. One night we were talking about his experience, and I mentioned that I had visited the Kurdish areas of Turkey and had a tape of Kurdish music. I also told him about the photo I had taken of the young girl in a village.
My friend has a young Australian-born daughter, and I realised she would be a similar age to the girl in the photo. And the thought of how different those two girls’ lives could have been, one raised in Australia, the other in the Kurdish mountains, inspired me to write this travel memoir and share it as a blog post on Tall And True.
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