PHOTOS: Brazilian doctor volunteers for Peshmerga

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“Because he considers Kurdistan her homeland, we have decided to name her Nishtiman."

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – A Brazilian joined the Peshmerga forces to provide support for them in the fight against the Islamic State (IS).

Heloisa Jaira, a 40-year-old Brazilian doctor, joined the Peshmerga forces as a volunteer in January 2016 to treat the wounded fighters in the Daquq frontline, southern Kirkuk.

In an interview with Kurdistan24, Jaira expressed her cheerfulness with joining the Peshmerga forces. “I see Kurdistan as my other homeland, and people here are treating me as a Kurdish woman,” she stated.

“Therefore, we all have to work together to protect Kurdistan,” Jaira added.

“I believe there is more hope for Kurdistan, so I encourage the politicians not to think of playing games but instead work for the future of Kurdistan,” she continued.

Tariq Ali, a Peshmerga commander in the Daquq frontline, expressed his thoughts about the Brazilian doctors’ help and other foreign volunteers in general. “Having experienced volunteers is important as they can teach our Peshmerga fighters,” he said.

Jaira, who Peshmerga forces nicknamed Nishtiman, meaning (homeland), has good relations with her fellow Peshmerga.

“Peshmerga fighters respect Nishtiman and have built a good relationship with her as she is very experienced,” a Peshmerga fighter told Kurdistan24.

“Because she considers Kurdistan her homeland, we have decided to name her Nishtiman,” the Peshmerga fighter added.

 

Reporting by Baxtiyar Goran
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany
Photos by Alexandre Afonso

Jaira Pantajo a Brazilian Peshmerga volunteer in the Daquq front line, southern Kirkuk, May 15, 2016. (Photo: Kurdistan24/Alexandre Afonso)
Jaira Pantajo a Brazilian Peshmerga volunteer in the Daquq front line, southern Kirkuk, May 15, 2016. (Photo: Kurdistan24/Alexandre Afonso)
Jaira Pantajo a Brazilian Peshmerga volunteer in the Daquq front line, southern Kirkuk, May 15, 2016. (Photo: Kurdistan24/Alexandre Afonso)
Jaira Pantajo a Brazilian Peshmerga volunteer in the Daquq front line, southern Kirkuk, May 15, 2016. (Photo: Kurdistan24/Alexandre Afonso)
Jaira Pantajo a Brazilian Peshmerga volunteer in the Daquq front line, southern Kirkuk, May 15, 2016. (Photo: Kurdistan24/Alexandre Afonso)
Jaira Pantajo a Brazilian Peshmerga volunteer in the Daquq front line, southern Kirkuk, May 15, 2016. (Photo: Kurdistan24/Alexandre Afonso)
Jaira Pantajo a Brazilian Peshmerga volunteer in the Daquq front line, southern Kirkuk, May 15, 2016. (Photo: Kurdistan24/Alexandre Afonso)
Jaira Pantajo a Brazilian Peshmerga volunteer in the Daquq front line, southern Kirkuk, May 15, 2016. (Photo: Kurdistan24/Alexandre Afonso)
Jaira Pantajo a Brazilian Peshmerga volunteer in the Daquq front line, southern Kirkuk, May 15, 2016. (Photo: Kurdistan24/Alexandre Afonso)
Jaira Pantajo a Brazilian Peshmerga volunteer in the Daquq front line, southern Kirkuk, May 15, 2016. (Photo: Kurdistan24/Alexandre Afonso)
Jaira Pantajo a Brazilian Peshmerga volunteer in the Daquq front line, southern Kirkuk, May 15, 2016. (Photo: Kurdistan24/Alexandre Afonso)
Jaira Pantajo a Brazilian Peshmerga volunteer in the Daquq front line, southern Kirkuk, May 15, 2016. (Photo: Kurdistan24/Alexandre Afonso)
Jaira Pantajo a Brazilian Peshmerga volunteer in the Daquq front line, southern Kirkuk, May 15, 2016. (Photo: Kurdistan24/Alexandre Afonso)
Jaira Pantajo a Brazilian Peshmerga volunteer in the Daquq front line, southern Kirkuk, May 15, 2016. (Photo: Kurdistan24/Alexandre Afonso)
Jaira Pantajo a Brazilian Peshmerga volunteer in the Daquq front line, southern Kirkuk, May 15, 2016. (Photo: Kurdistan24/Alexandre Afonso)
Jaira Pantajo a Brazilian Peshmerga volunteer in the Daquq front line, southern Kirkuk, May 15, 2016. (Photo: Kurdistan24/Alexandre Afonso)