More than 10,000 Iranian Kurds living near the Iraq border were forced into exile in Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war. They eventually were relocated to a refugee camp near the southern Iraqi city of Ramadi. Over the years many have quietly moved back to Iran. Today 214 families remain. Last year they were moved again, this time north to the Kurdish region of Iraq. VOA's Brian Padden recently visited the camp and reports that the group's long journey home is still not over.
|The families in the Kawa transit camp have little to do and much time on their hands|
Jangir Ahamdi is one of the group's leaders. He says Iran has abandoned them, in part because of their opposition to the government there. And the Iraqis here will not fully accept them either.
“Our hearts have been broken," says Ahamdi. "We feel that we as a people lost everything. There is great pain in our heart. For that we lost all feeling about everything.”
|The Kawa camp has more than 200 families living in temporary shelters|
|Aras Sulieman lives in the tent city with a few possessions and her children|
Mohammed Rahim and many older people rely on the support given in the camp. “I ask God to help me here in Kurdistan. I have no one, no job back in Iran. Here is better.”
|Some of the men in the camp are helping to build homes for the refugees|
Until then, their long exile continues.
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