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Refugee camp of Kurdish people who fled Turkey.

Medicine distribution at the pharmacy in the camp of Makhmur.

In April 2006 it was very hard to penetrate the camp, but the mayor of Makhmur town (Abdul Rahman Delaf, a well known Kurdish writer) granted access to me and my friend who acted as interpreter. 8 months later, when we went back to share the pictures I took, the access was even harder, and I had to let my camera at the check point. By now authorities have been banning journalists from the camp. It sounds like the publication of an article which offended them was the main reason from so many precautions.

Makhmur is als now in the highlights of the tragical news:

Suicide Bomber Kills 30 in Northern Iraq
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By THOMAS WAGNER Associated Press Writer
May 13, 2007 BAGHDAD – A suicide truck bomber crashed into the offices of a Kurdish political party Sunday, killing at least 30 people and wounding dozens, including the mayor, officials said. It was the second suicide attack in Kurdish areas of the north in four days.
The attack in Makhmur, 30 miles south of Erbil, badly damaged the office of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Massoud Barzani, leader of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq. Makhmur is just south of the autonomous Kurdish-controlled areas, but it has a substantial Kurdish population.
The blast also killed the police chief and damaged the mayor’s office, officials said.
Ziryan Othman, the health minister of the Kurdish regional government, said at least 30 people were killed and 115 were wounded, including the city’s mayor, Abdul Rahman Delaf, who also is a prominent Kurdish writer, and the director of the KDP office.
The attack occurred four days after a truck bombing in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish self-governing region, killed at least 15 people and wounding more than 100.

Posted by Emmanuel Smague on 2007-05-28 09:21:29

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