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3 Picture Story – Kurdish Community Centre

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For this assignment I decided to document the activities that take place in the “Kurdish Community Center” in North London. Most of the Kurds, in this community, comes from Turkey. They were really open and friendly and they totally understood my purpose.

My idea is to investigate their double identity: how they consider themselves and their life. Kurdish people who lives in Turkey are trapped in a country that hardly recognize their features and therefore they are often forced to emigrate in other countries to find a better life. Despite this, they love their homeland.

March will be a month particularly important for the Kurdish community, since they will celebrate the Newroz. According to the legend, the holiday is in remembrance of the deliverance of the Kurds from a tyrant. This is another way of demonstrating support for the Kurdish cause and for their own identity as well. Newroz usually take place the 21st of March and coincides with the spring equinox.

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Kurdish mother tongue celebration day, 21st of February – Waiting for the beginning of the celebration

Kurdish mother tongue celebration day, 21st of February – Musician plays the saz, a typical Turkish instrument

Kurdish women rehearse their traditional songs for the International Women’s Day, 8th March.

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Written by Paola Sarappa

25/02/2011 at 1:18 am

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