I didn’t recognise the flag, I thought it was Iraq. But it’s actually Kurdistan. You won’t find Kurdistan on a map. There are about 40,000,000 Kurds and they live in part of the Middle East that covers parts of Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria, not the calmest part of the world at the moment. Stronger, neighbouring countries have never allowed them to have their own country which has led to resentment and sometimes toppled over into violence. They are the second largest stateless nation in the world. The troubles over the last decade in Iraq have allowed the Kurds in the north of that country to establish some autonomy for the first time in a long time, but neighbouring countries like Turkey and Iran with large Kurdish minorities aren’t thrilled about that as it might encourage their own Kurdish people to break away. The Kurds in Syria are at the mercy of IS. And the autonomy of the Iraqi Kurds is under threat as IS make gains near them.
They seem to be a decent people who are moderate in their views and open to ideas from outside. But they are under threat and need help from outside or they might be overwhelmed in their lands. These Manchester based British Kurds were stood in front of Queen Victoria in Piccadilly Gardens trying to get their plight across to the city generally. I hope they can prevail in their native country and not be overrun by IS, one of the nastiest bands of ******** anywhere in the world at the moment.
Here they are proudly showing off their national flag but also parading their British credentials.
In case you are wondering which nation is the largest stateless nation in the world, it is, surprisingly, England with a population of 52,000,000. We do have a government in London that we share with Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and a scattering of little islands about the coast. But Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own governments as well. England does not have this luxury, something that the unsuccessful independence vote in Scotland has brought to the forefront of our thoughts. It is causing a great deal of resentment among us English so watch this space.