VIDEO: Peshmerga volunteers reconstruct school after returning from Mosul
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – A group of Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers volunteered to reconstruct a primary school in the Kurdistan Region after their return from the front lines in northeastern Mosul.
The group contains about 25 Peshmerga soldiers who voluntarily participated in reconstructing a school located in Soran city in the province of Erbil.
The group of Peshmerga was previously in charge of the Bashiqa front line.
“We found it our duty to participate in developing and rebuilding our homeland besides making sacrifices on the front lines,” Rashad Sadiq, one of the Peshmerga volunteers, told Kurdistan24 on Monday.
“Wherever the homeland needs help, it is our duty to make an effort,” Sadiq continued. “We are ready to make sacrifices for our homeland anywhere needed.”
The fathers of several students who study at the school have fallen while fighting the Islamic State (IS) on the southern Kurdistan Region border.
The manager of the school Awaz Omar explained to Kurdistan24 the school needed some rebuilding including the construction of a wall around it.
“We are proud of our Peshmerga,” the school manager said. “They defend our honor and dignity on the front lines.”
“At the same time, they contribute to reconstructing and developing schools to help education continue,” she added, stating she had no words to express her gratitude to Peshmerga.
Peshmerga is often labeled one of the most efficient ground forces defeating IS.
After the collapse of the Iraqi army and occupation of northern Iraq by the extremist group, Peshmerga pushed the insurgents back south of the Kurdistan Region border.
According to the Peshmerga Ministry, since June 2014, over 1,500 Peshmerga soldiers have fallen while fighting IS, and about 10,000 more are injured.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany
(Tayfur Mohammed contributed to this report)