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States and statelessness

For years, the people of Kurdistan have had to plead with other countries to help in times of need, writes AYUB NURI

PERSONAL ESSAY

KURDS HAVE always followed world news with great passion. In the 1980s, I was a child growing up in Iraqi Kurdistan. My father and his friends were glued to their radios day and night to discover when the bloody eight-year war with Iran might be over. As a teenager in the 1990s, I listened to the radio to find out who would win the U.S.elections and whether the new president would tell the UN to lift economic sanctions on Iraq that were starving millions of us.

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