By Murat Cem Menguc. From hyperallergic.com. Posted on 5/1/18.
Roboski is less than a mile from the Turkish Iraqi border — the Kurdish Regional Government border, to be precise. The village is located in the predominantly Kurdish region of Turkey, where the locals trace their origins back to at least the first century BCE. Nevertheless, World War I and the Turkish War of Independence resulted in the distribution of Kurdish-inhabited territories among the modern states of Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Turkey. Kurds may be geographically divided, but they maintain their cultural unity, which they have established over two millennia. This unity is particularly relevant as in each modern state they live, where their existence is denied, their history is frequently ignored, and their human rights are often violated.