Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Login

Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using
 

Email

 

Rudaw

Kurdistan

Kurdish porters trek through the night to earn living in Iran

By Hunar Ahmed 8/1/2019
-
Jobless in Iran, Kurdish porters known as kolbars carry 35-60 kilograms of goods on their backs to earn a livelihood for their families.

They risk their health and lives for a journey that pays 50,000 Iranian tomans, or about the price of a 2-kilogram chicken.


The mountains of Kurdistan are packed with snow in the winter months. It makes using carts impossible.

"Is this a suitable job for someone like me at this age? We are forced. What would we do if we couldn’t? ... We do not have any other jobs. We are forced to do this job," says one older kolbar.

Among them are also university graduates.

"The route is extremely dangerous as mines are everywhere. Sometimes when the Iranian guards run after us, some of us fall off due to rocks and others run through landmines," said another kolbar, Iqbal Mohammed.

In addition to Iranian guards, landmines are a second danger to their lives while carrying their packs, particularly during snowfalls.

"May Allah have mercy on us! My knee suffers from a landmine wound, yet I have been doing this job for two years now. I am doing it because I am jobless," he added.  

CORRECTIONS: Kolbars earn about 50,000 tomans per trek, not rials as previously reported. Also the Hangaw Human Rights Organization should have been cited in the video, not the organization, Iran Human Rights.

Comments

 
John Bird | 9/1/2019
The great tragedy here is that they are crossing an artificial border, created by foreigners, and are risking their lives while traversing one part of Kurdistan into another part of Kurdistan. My heart aches when I remember that some of them are actually university graduates. Only an independent Kurdish state will bring dignity back to all of us and forever erase that cursed border that separates us.
Post a New Comment
Comment as a guest or Login for more enhanced interactive experience

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

Gulen Turk | 1/21/2019 7:46:46 AM
Turkey sooner or later must go out of Kurdish lands , the sooner the better .....you can not kill 30 million Kurds ...
yanxit | 1/21/2019 2:23:15 PM
how many american peshmergas have fallen in rojava? MORE THAN A DOZEN mcgurks bank group CITI wellsfargo cashing in with his iranian buddies, thats...
Erodgan and Trump call as McGurk lambasts US pullout from Syria
| yesterday at 09:05 | (2)
Mohamedzzz | 1/21/2019 12:07:23 PM
US only can trust the Kurds, it's been long due that he dumps Turkey and supports Kurds unconditionally.
Hishyar Zaxoy | 1/21/2019 1:49:01 PM
6 or so Kurdish fighters killed yet the topic is strangely about US no casualties. This is called ars--licking
Anti-ISIS coalition convoy attacked in Syria
| yesterday at 02:12 | (3)
Kurdish boy | 1/21/2019 7:53:41 AM
God bless Israel ...
kurd | 1/21/2019 1:11:38 PM
where are those big mouth ayatolahs? ghasem solymani is hiding loooooool
Israel says strikes Iranian targets in Syria
| yesterday at 08:04 | (2)
Dang | 1/20/2019 10:31:45 AM
This regime is the great ally according to senator Graham and the Trumpet
Mohamedzzz | 1/21/2019 12:11:56 PM
This starts looking like Pol Pot of Cambodia.
Man detained by Turkey for ‘liking’ anti-Erdogan Facebook post
| 20/1/2019 | (4)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

KDP positive government formation is progressing with Gorran 7 hours ago |

KDP positive government formation is progressing with Gorran

“There is an understanding over the basic issues more
Disagreement over KRG share prevents Iraq from voting on budget 9 hours ago |

Disagreement over KRG share prevents Iraq from voting on budget

Kurdistan Region MPs stand firm on Iraq budget more
0.203 seconds