“I consider here my homeland”
Masiha Moshfegyon: between Iran, India and Britain, settled in Kurdistan
Kurds are famous of their hospitality to guests, if the guest has come from a different place and country, it will expect far more love and respect. In the recent years, hundred thousands of tourists have come to Southern Kurdistan, beside the tourists, tens of people across the globe live here for work and presenting services to people of Kurdistan in humanitarian, business, education and economical fields.
In the city of Erbil, in one of classrooms of learning English Center in Salahadin University, a doctor welcomed me smilingly with bright face, when I said I want to write a story about you, as a tourist from Iran to India, then to Britian and now in Kurdistan. She eagerly supported me and has node of acceptance.
Dr Masiha Behroz Moshfeghyon said she was born and lived in Nagada with a Kurdish mother and Persian father. Then went to India and finished school there. She said she chose India because it has a rich culture, for example 120 students from variety of countries were studying at one university. “I was also interested in studying in English Language. I gained my MA in educational field there, and finished higher education in Britain, and gained my PhD. I have experience in psychology, education and English language learning.”
She has participated in 14 local and international conferences, she says.
She is flexible and open-minded at giving lecture, friendly with stu- others pretend to respect you, but they actually intend to bother you. This is not nice that some people treat this way within such a friendly culture, it’s not possible.” This doctor, who has lived in three cultures and is now living in the fourth, is now teaching daily English courses in the centre. As a good opportunity for Kurdish community, opposite to his remarks about the public and some informal behavior, she says “In the class and work, the matter is completely different; everything goes respectfully in order, which is delightful. The hopes are brighter here, because the behavior and works are serious.”
She optimistically perceives education and learning process and thinks that education is at a good level, efforts are being made for improving it, “but I feel that students are lazy and sometimes are not serious, I want to help them to take more care of education and learning.”
Having been in various cultures, she says she consider herself a part of the culture and circumstances in Kurdistan. “I’ve travelled for improving my scientific abilities, I struggle to help women in educational field in order to enable them serve themselves better, I feel that I’m in my homeland, that’s why I always try to be friendly with students and people around, it’s a nice place here, the spirit of friendship and support is strong here.”
The world is heading towards globalization due to the changes, what used to be prohibited from Kurds to mix with other culture and travel to see the outer world, now they receive hundreds of people from different cultures, languages, colors and religions. Kurdistan in general and especially Erbil has become an open center full of movement for hosting foreign guests. This Kurdish-Persian doctor, the woman who grows up in India and improves her scientific skills, she’s now serving in Erbil the capitol of Kurdistan Region, and teaches a number of students English language.
Before farewell, she asked for a bottle of water and insisted on paying for it herself. She said “Red is a special color to me.” She said she wants her final words to be “Education and learning should be taken a better care of.”