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Kurdish migrant from Rojhelat carries wife died on way to Europe

  2021-06-21  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Sardar Ibrahim Nazhad, a young migrant from Iranian Kurdistan, carried his dead wife on way to Europe. Photo/Hengaw Human Rights Organization
 Zhyan News Network


SULAIMANI – Sardar Ibrahim Nazhad, a young migrant from Iranian Kurdistan, began his journey last week from Sardasht to Europe. With him were his wife Mehri Nebi Zadeh and his two young daughters, aged 4-7. 

A photo went viral on Sunday (June 20), showing how Nazhad, unable to find any affordable means of transport, carried body of his lifeless wife on his back.

“On the way from Turkey to Greece, my wife couldn’t walk due to fatigue and those people who were with us in the trip left us, my wife lastly had a heart attack and died in front of me and my children,” Hengaw Human Rights Organization quoted Sardar Ibrahim Nazhad as saying.

Nazhad, a 27-year-old, said he carried body of his wife for two hours until they reached someone who can call Greece police.

“I had my wife on my back for two hours lamenting in tears alongside my daughters and walking through Greece forests until we met someone who informed Greece police bout us.”

The body of Nebi Zadeh has been transferred to forensic medicine and Nazhad has been deprived to see the body for 14 days, Hengaw, which reports on human rights in the Iranian Kurdistan, said.

Nazhad and his daughters are stuck at a Greece camp and live in an “unstable condition,” it added.

Due to poor economy in the Kurdish-predominantly regions, known as Rojhalat, in western Iran, thousands of Kurds put the lives of their families in the hands of smugglers and go to Europe every year in a bid to find a better livelihood there. 

The Kurdish area in Iran has faced both political persecution and vast economic discrimination.

The Norwegian police said on June 6 that the body of a 15-month-old toddler discovered on the Norwegian shore several months ago was Artin, a Kurdish migrant boy who drowned alongside parents and siblings in the English Channel in last October.

Rasoul Iran-Nejad, 35, Shiva Mohammad Panahi, 35, Anita, nine, and Armin, six from the Kurdish city of Sardasht in Iran’s West Azerbaijan province, all drowned in the English Channel after their boat capsized on way to Britain.

They crossed the Iranian border into Turkey earlier last summer, then proceeded to Greece, Italy, and Franc, according to ITV.

(Zhyan English)