Af­ter 53 years two Kur­dish brothers find their fam­ily

Two Kur­dish-Rus­sian brothers find their fam­ily in Barzan af­ter 53 years

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Sa­far Zhazhoki

Khur­shid and Ra­mazan, born to a Kur­dish fa­ther who was a friend of Mustafa Barzani and a Rus­sian mother, have lived al­most all of their lives in Rus­sia far from their fa­ther, who they haven’t seen since their childhood.

Khur­shid and Ra­mazan, born to a Kur­dish fa­ther who was a friend of Mustafa Barzani and a Rus­sian mother, have lived al­most all of their lives in Rus­sia far from their fa­ther, who they haven’t seen since their childhood.

Hamira Qadir, the fa­ther of Khur­shid and Ra­mazan, was one of the thou­sands of Barzani Kurds who fell vic­tim to the An­fal Op­er­a­tion of Sad­dam Hus­sein’s Baathist regime.

Qadir was one of the 500 fol­low­ers of the leg­endary Kur­dish leader Mustafa Barzani who crossed the River Aras into Rus­sia in the mid20th cen­tury and set­tled in Tashkent, a Rus­sian city.

In Tashkent, Qadir mar­ried a Rus­sian woman who bore him three chil­dren.

The fam­ily re­turned to Kur­dis­tan with Mustafa Barzani in 1959 when Khur­shid was just 4 years old. Ra­mazan was born in Kur­dis­tan in 1960.

They lived in Qadir’s home vil­lage, Mamisky, in the Barzan area, but when the war started up again in 1961, Qadir’s wife took her two sons and re­turned to Rus­sia. She would live the rest of her days in Tashkent.

The two brothers never stopped think­ing about their fa­ther, who they wanted to see again and to live with in Kur­dis­tan.

How­ever, this never hap­pened and their fa­ther passed away; of course, Khur­shid and Ra­mazan did not even know that.

Khur­shid says they al­ways won­dered why their mother had left Kur­dis­tan and re­turned to Rus­sia, tak­ing them with her and de­priv­ing them of their fa­ther and their rel­a­tives.

Their search for their ori­gins and their fam­ily mem­bers took decades un­til, in 2010, Ra­mazan’s daugh­ter re­ceived a phone call from a lady claim­ing she was her aunt call­ing from Kur­dis­tan.

This was the be­gin­ning of a new life for Ra­mazan and Khur­shid—this was their first con­tact with a mem­ber of their Kur­dish fam­ily in five decades.

Since then, the two brothers has re­mained in con­tact with their sis­ter and other rel­a­tives in Barzan.

Their sis­ter Soora trav­eled to Rus­sia in April 2013 to visit her brothers.

Soora and her rel­a­tives helped Khur­shid and Ra­mazan with the ar­range­ments and visas for their re­turn to Kur­dis­tan for a fam­ily re­union.

Ra­mazan de­scribed their feel­ings when they found their fam­ily in Kur­dis­tan. He said that they were very happy to hear from their rel­a­tives and to re­turn to Kur­dis­tan to live among them, but sad to hear that their fa­ther had been a vic­tim of An­fal in 1983.

“I wish my mother and grand­mother were alive to hear the news that we had found our fam­ily af­ter 53 years of wait­ing,” Ra­mazan says.

The two brothers, who have re­cently re­turned to Kur­dis­tan with their daugh­ters, Al­bina and Guzar, de­scribe their life with their mother away from their fa­ther and Kur­dis­tan. They say they suf­fered a lot be­cause they had no fa­ther and their mother fell sick and died 13 years af­ter their re­turn to Rus­sia.

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