Historically, Syrian Kurds have been banned from owning bookstores, printing presses and television stations, however, all of this has changed with the start of the Syrian conflict, which has allowed the Kurds to have more autonomous rule over their villages and cities.
The closure meant that Yazidis in Sinjar, who wanted to travel to Dahuk, home to their celebrated Lalesh temple and tens of thousands of other Yazidis uprooted by IS’ genocidal spree, had to spend over five hours navigating hostile terrain.
In Iraq's Kurdish region, a new generation is coming of age which has seen only two parties in power - KDP and PUK. For some of these youth, the two parties are responsible for the worsening of the economic situation in the country.
From Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad to the film "Girls of the Sun" at the Cannes Film Festival, 2018 has been a year of Kurdish women. The recently held Dahuk International Film Festival showcased Kurdish women's presence in the film industry.
On Sunday 30th of September, the Kurdish autonomous region held an election. Voters chose from more than 700 candidates to win 111 seats in Kurdistan’s Parliament, a year after a failed independence referendum to separate from Iraq.
On Monday 16th of July, the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) have announced that they are looking to create a unified administration for the territories that it controls. The plan involves bringing together the local administrations and councils that have emerged in SDF-held areas in northern Syria.