Five Kolbars wounded in shooting near Mariwan, says watchdog
File Photo - Some Kolbars (porters) are seen with contrabands in a mountainous area - File
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – At least five Kolbars (porters) were wounded by direct fires from the Iranian border guards in Qalqaleh area in Kurdistan province’s Marivan on Sunday morning (April 25), a watchdog reported.
The wounded were taken to Booali Teaching Hospital Marivan Hospital for treatment, while fate of 30 others are so far accounted for, Hengaw Organization for Human Rights said.
Hengaw named the wounded as "Zanyar Hatampanah, Karvan Manouchehri, Salah Watandust, "Aram Manouchehri and "Soran Watandust" from Mirabad village of Marivan.”
According to Amnesty International, over 40 Kolbars were shot dead throughout 2020.
At least fifteen Kolbars (porters) and local tradesmen known as “Kasibkar” were killed under torture, lost their lives in natural disasters and wounded in the Iranian Kurdistan’s border areas in March.
Kolbars carry heavy loads of contraband on their backs across the western Iran and eastern Kurdistan Region, blaming the high rate of unemployment in Iran’s Kurdish-populated provinces, where many of the porters come from.