IN PICTURES: Peshmerga receive sweet surprise for Newroz
Erbil (Kurdistan 24) – Peshmerga at the front line received a sweet surprise for Newroz, with 700 donuts decorated with the Kurdish flag delivered to the front line near Zummar, overlooking the Mosul Dam.
Peshmerga volunteer and businesswoman Chnar Barwari, and Donut World owner, Jacob Shapiro, put the project together after talking about how Peshmerga often go under-appreciated in Kurdistan and are sometimes totally misunderstood on the global stage.
“Everyone heard about Peshmerga’s bravery during the war with ISIS,” said Barwari. “And with the official end of the caliphate and the celebration of Newroz happening the same week, it was such a special time to celebrate with the Peshmerga and not go empty-handed.”
“Every single Peshmerga there on the front line is protecting us,” added Barwari. “And on Newroz, they are missing the chance to spend the holiday back home with family. It’s just a way to say thank you for protecting everyone living in Kurdistan and the world.”
Barwari, a Peshmerga herself since 2014, noticed that those working on the front lines usually live in difficult conditions, away from their families for long periods of time. “But people tend to forget about the Peshmerga when things are silent,” she said. “The idea came about when talking to Jacob, and what we could just to bring some more joy on Newroz.”
Over fifty boxes of donuts, which have a cult following in America, made their way from Erbil to the front line overlooking the Mosul Dam.
Shapiro, a 23-year-old American from New York, opened Donut World in October of 2018.
“I wanted to do something to give back to Peshmerga,” said Shapiro. “It was very humbling because you see their commitment, but they are stationed far from their families.”
“It cannot be easy missing your family on Newroz,” Shapiro added. “But even then, the Peshmerga showed me the same kindness and welcome as always. That generosity and bravery is why Kurdistan feels like a home for the world, all the way to the front line.”
“We can all do something, no matter how small, to show our appreciation for that,” said Shapiro.
Editing by Nadia Riva