Kurdish Women Fight for Freedom: Background information when reading Daughters Of Smoke & Fire

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Daughters Of Smoke & Fire

A Novel

by Ava Homa

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Daughters Of Smoke & Fire by Ava Homa
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    May 2020, 320 pages
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    May 2021, 304 pages

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Kurdish Women Fight for Freedom

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Peshmerga fighters standing in formationKurdistan is a mountainous region that includes parts of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Armenia. The Kurds' territory was first partitioned between the Ottoman and Safavid Empires in the 17th century. The 1923 Treaty of Lausanne at the end of World War I divided the region into its current configuration. Despite its geographic size and a population of between 25 and 35 million Kurds, Kurdistan has never achieved statehood, and all efforts to establish independence have been met with brutal repression. Today, in Iraq and Syria, the Kurds have autonomously governed regions. In Armenia, the Kurds are granted a representative seat in parliament. In Turkey and Iran, where armed struggle for independence continues, Kurdish resistance groups are labeled as terrorist organizations subject to imprisonment, torture and execution.

Kurdish women have been on the battlefield since at least the 19th century when, to prove her loyalty to the Ottoman Empire following the arrest of her husband who ...

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