A New Academic Year: Full of Ambitions and Complaints
“After the Kurds have suffered oppression and been deprived of education in every field, it is time to stand up and fight with our pens for everything academia represents, which is what happens in many other countries around the world.”
Majid Esa, a medical student, went on: “Since the start of the new 2013-2014 academic year, students have been very hopeful and inspired. A new academic year has arrived with great hopes and ambitions; hopes ambitions and dreams that could never even have been admitted are now achievable for young Kurdish students: they can come true. Now is the time to build our Kurdistan and our generation—the generation that has been deprived of the simplest things in life.”
When we met student from different colleges in Duhok, each one shared their dreams and ambitions. Some want to be doctors, engineers, and lawyers. Sana Omed, an English major, expresses her ambitions: “I want to be an activist and work as an ambassador for human—and specially women’s—rights.” Another, Midya Nawaf, says she wants to serve her country and to do something great for her community '' I want to leave my mark, to remind people that I did something.”
Unfortunately, some young students—and specially young Yazidi Kurds studying at Mosul University, complain that their education may remain just a dream now that the situation has become so very dangerous in Mosul. Many Yazidi Kurd stu- dent have received threats from terrorists telling them to give up their studies or be killed. Dilshad Jundi, a Yazidi student studying in the Law Department at Mosul University, said the terrorists have stopped them going to their colleges. “I don't know what to do now. I am in the Third Year, and if I don’t go to college I will fail. We want the parties concerned to take this issue into a
consideration,” Jundi added.
This photo was taken by college of arts photographer show young Kurdish's ambitions