Oak Forest, one of the biggest in western Iran, is located in Kurdistan province, on the border with Iraq, between the city of Baneh and Sardasht. The forest has an intact and pristine nature and the region has become a popular recreational site in Iran and a lot of travelers visit the region every day. But unfortunately, the region has turned into a place for gathering trash and garbage which teases every traveler from 10 kilometers away. The garbage goes directly into a river near the forest which depletes the groundwater as well, the reason behind many diseases in surrounding villages. Unfortunately and despite strikes and protests by environmentalist, no serious action has been taken by the regional authorities till now. Hundreds of tons of non- recyclable materials have been dispersed by the wind into the forest.
Photo: Soleyman Mahmoudi
Tamarchin border crossing is on Iraq- Iran border.
Photo: Osman hasssan Zadeh
People in Bijar, northeast of the northwestern province of Kurdistan commemorated the martyrdom of Imam Hussien in a ceremony called Gel Giran.
Photo: Bakhtiar Samadi
The first festival of local, native games was held for two days in Sanandaj, the center of Kurdistan Province, northwest of Iran.
Titled Diya, the games were held in the city’s Fajr complex.
Photo: Seyyed Latif Husseini Nasab
Displaced people from Shingal are living a tough time in Zakho. Most of them are living in the streets and incomplete building.
Photo: Sulaiman Mahmoudi
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Naqrat al-Salman is a prison were Saddam Hussein imprisoned more than 1800 Kurds to death. According to Xendan website the officers of the prisoned would welcome the new prisoners by saying: " You're welcome, you're very welcome. You are not here to live but to die."
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