Bi­cy­cling from Bri­tain to Kur­dis­tan

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - H.G. Has­san

Over the years, Kur­dis­tan has seen a lot of od­di­ties to last it a life time- how­ever; it's safe to say that this one takes the bag.

Jasper Hand­man, a mid­dle aged Bri­tish Cy­clist, trav­eled all the way from Bri­tain to Kur­dis­tan. What's so strange about that, you might won­der. Well, nor­mally, it's not con­sid­ered strange, but when you travel with the use of a bike alone- well, that's a whole dif­fer­ent story.

A full travel di­ary of Jasper Hand­man's jour­ney can be found on the Bas News web­site. Jasper Hand­man claims that he trav­eled to Kur­dis­tan in hopes of help­ing the Syr­ian refugees and his act of com­plete self­less­ness is no­ticed through­out the re­gion as many Kur­dish of­fi­cials and civil­ians come to greet him as he ar­rives in Kur­dis­tan.

Jasper writes in his full travel di­ary found on the Bas News web page, that he "de­cided to go Iraqi Kur­dis­tan be­cause of its won­der­fully gen­er­ous and in­ter­est­ing peo­ple, its unique and tragic his­tory, its del­i­cate po­si­tion as a peace­ful en­clave of hope and pros­per­ity in a re­gion en­gulfed by tur­moil, and the de­ter­mi­na­tion of the Kurds to build a pos­i­tive fu­ture for them­selves – some­thing they have been bru­tally de­nied for many decades."

Of course, de­cid­ing to travel some­where doesn't re­ally ex­plain why you'd bike there. How­ever; Jasper's an­swer is re­fresh­ingly sim­ple and well thought out. "The idea to bi­cy­cle there came later, sim­ply as a means of get­ting there more than any­thing. I had some time, cycling is cheap, I felt it was time for a bit of an ad­ven­ture – why not?"

Why not in­deed. Jasper Hand­man's jour­ney to Kur­dis­tan by bike in­spires a cer­tain awe and pride in all of us at the show of self­less­ness and de­ter­mi­na­tion and it breaks through most of our hearts by strik­ing an in­sa­tiable de­ter­mi­na­tion to do good.

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