This long-term project documents the sacrifices of Kurdish Peshmerga in the fight to put down ISIS.
In Iraqi Kurdistan, I spoke with several hundred Peshmerga and took intimate portraits of the wounded fighters and their families. I documented stories of immense suffering from their battles and ongoing struggles to navigate post-conflict life.
Fighters took up arms, not because they were required to do so, but because it was right. They retold stories of fighting alongside friends and family, only to watch them die in from of them.
Most of the men had severe physical injuries and carried heavy burdens of mental traumas and PTSD. Despite all their suffering, many would return to fight again if ever called.
After returning home, the men face new challenges, including getting access to prosthetic limbs, ongoing care, and providing for their families despite their debilitating injuries. If they gave everything to help protect the world, could the world help them after they put down their guns?
This exhibition is outdoors. Please check what COVID-19 restrictions are in place before you visit.
Born 1968 in Dohuk, Younes Mohammad is a Kurdish photographer currently based out of Erbil. He works as a freelancer for newspapers and magazines. A refugee in Iran from 1974 to 1998, Younes couldn’t pursue his life-long passion for photography until later in life.
He graduated with an MBA from the University of Tehran. Younes quit his management job in 2011 to start his journey as a photographer. His work has since been exhibited internationally and featured widely in publications, receiving multiple awards.
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