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Body of Kurdish migrant, died fleeing unemployment, repatriated

  2021-05-30  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Said Sadiq resident attend a ceremony held for the repatriation of body of Hazhin Salih who died in a car crash in Turkey on May 27 while trying to reach Europe. Photo/Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Body of a resident of Said Sadiq, who died in a car crash in Turkey while trying to reach Europe, was repatriated on Saturday (May 29) and laid to rest in his hometown.

Hazhin Salih left the Kurdistan Region on April 7, 2021 crossing dangerous roads in an aim to reach a better imaginary livelihood fleeing high unemployment rate and increasing government corruption.

Salih, aged 24, and a number of his friends, several of whom were Kurds, took a mini bus on May 27 to reach Bulgaria from Turkey’s northwestern province of Edirne, where their carrier collided with a tractor.

His friends survived but he died in the car crash. Two days after his death, his body was repatriated through Sulaimani International Airport and received a warm and sorrowful welcome by Said Sadiq residents who held Salih’s photos and chanted “welcome back Salih of the nation… welcome back the beloved youth of the town.” 

While he was in Turkey, Salih spoke with his uncle and asked him to take care of his mother as seemed to have been worried about her.

“Pray for us… We go through dirt road” Salih wrote for his uncle on Messenger. “Try to soften my mother’s heart.”

Salih was among the top ten students from the University of Sulaimani at Kurdish language department. 

“Studying didn’t bring him a successful and prestige livelihood, he was saying that he would burn his books for being a result for him to have such fate,” Salih’s uncle said.

“You...Homeland! Either I put your definition in my pocket or not, what will change from my joblessness, disappointment and sadness,” Salih said in a previous Facebook post.

34,000 people emigrated from the Kurdistan Region to Europe during 2020, at least 35 died including 17 missing in the attempt, said Summit Foundation for Refugees and Displaced Affairs chief Ari Jalal in December.

People, especially youths, blame mismanagements and lack of job opportunities and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) negligence to work out alternatives for graduates.

(Zhyan English)

File photo of Hazheen Salih, a youth from Said Sadiq, died in a traffic accident in Turkey on route to Greece, May 25,2021. Photo Credit from His Facebook Account/ Graphic by Zhyan News Network