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Iraq - "Return to Kirkuk" (Nov.2006)

"For the first time in 25 years, Karzan Sherabayani is going home. As a 14 year old, he was arrested and tortured by Saddam Hussein's secret police; targeted because he was a Kurd. He has spent the last decades in exile, struggling with his own demons. Now Karzan returns to confront his country's violent past and come to terms with its uncertain future. How do other Kurds feel about the West's policies in their country? Will Kurdistan be dragged into Iraq's bloody civil war or should it become an independent nation?

Karzan's hometown of Kirkuk should be one of the richest cities in the world. It lies on $70 billion of oil reserves. But "the only thing oil has bought us is disaster." Karzan's village; "lay on top of Kirkuk's main oilfield. It was the first Kurdish village to be destroyed by the Iraqi army." His brother, Abo, recalls what happened. "The army gave us 24 hours to get out.

Added: Aug-18-2007 
By: lasrever
Iraq, Middle East
Tags: return to kirkuk, iraq, iraq war, karzan sherabayani, sherabayani, karzan, saddam
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