This is a very short story about those Kurdish people who are living in Carrick-on-Shannon.

In 1979 the Kurdish people in Iran took part in the revolution against the Shah of Iran’s monarchy. Following the success of the revolution the Royal regime was deposed and the new regime came to power. Although the new regime had promised greater freedom and a better quality of life for all the people of Iran, including Kurds, they didn’t keep their word.  Their leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, ordered the holy war against the Kurdish nation only a few months after the revolution.

Many Kurdish towns and villages were destroyed and thousands of innocent Kurdish people killed. In that time many of the Kurdish people were forced to leave their home and search for safety.

A number of Kurdish people from the towns and villages in the Kermanshah province sought refuge in Iraq. The Iraqi government placed them in different camps in the north of Iraq until 1982 and then transferred them involuntarily to the Al Tash desert in the west of Iraq. The people had a very bad life there and they spent many years without any help from any organisations or any country.

In 2003 when the USA attacked Iraq and the Sadam regime fell, security totally disappeared in Iraq, especially in Al Tash camp.

There was little water and electricity in the ensuing months. And day and night gunfire and grenade blasts echoed through the camp.(UNHCR)

Thousands of people were forced to leave the camp and find better place for themselves.  They moved to Jordan and remained in camps there for three years. Finally, they were accepted by a number of the European countries as Programme Refugees with the help of UNHCR.  Ireland was one of these countries. In June 2006 Ireland accepted 200 Kurdish people from one of the Jordanian camps.

The Kurdish people, who are living in Carrick-on-Shannon, are from that camp. 

 Aftaw Alla Karami

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