We mentioned a few weeks back that we were going overseas, but were pretty vague about the area. Well, we went to Iraq, the Northern part also know as Kurdistan. It has taken me awhile to put into words my experience there, so I will attempt to describe for you what I loved so much about this area, these people and these few days we got to spend there.
First of all it was not what either one of us expected! We arrived and were blown away by the beauty, hospitality & gratefulness we encountered. We went with the expectation to help some medical professionals document what they are doing in the area and to help them promote their work and see others join them. What we came home with is an understanding of the Kurdish people, a much deeper respect for them and all they have been through and a desire to help them share their story. I’m not sure how we are going to do that yet, but I feel like this is just the beginning. This trip opened up so many doors, so it’s now time to consider which direction to go with the information we received.
Matt & I have always loved traveling, experiencing other cultures and making ourselves available to help better a situation. We feel blessed to have been a part of the team that went to this area at this time. If you would like to know more about our experience you can email us. We’ll also be speaking in a couple of different places over the next couple of months, just contact us for details.
To everyone we met and heard your stories, thank you! Thank you for your hospitality and showing us your beautiful land. We hope we can come again one day! To our team, you guys rock! We had such an amazing time with all of you and can’t wait to see you all in July :)
Medical Clinic open to the Military and their families.
So beautiful! She was having a friend take her picture so we asked if we could take a couple as well.
How amazing are the foothills ?!
Not quite what we expected to see driving through the mountains, but we came upon a resort area complete with theme park! There is snow on the distant mountains, it’s a beautiful vacation spot.
We aren’t sure what their job description was exactly, but while we were doing the clinics it was to bring us a constant supply of hot sweet tea, and cold drinks.
The pharmacists at the military hospital.
The delicious hot sweet tea that we drank by the tiny little glassful.
This cave, converted restaurant was used as the hospital during the battles in Kurdish territory.
These hills were once destroyed along with a village of people. Today a General (this was his home village), has planted orchards and plans to build a house on this plot of land.
It has taken many years to plant and now they are starting to see fruit!
We also did medical clinics in a couple of villages.
Language barriers can’t stop emotion…there are kids everywhere who just don’t want to go to the doctor!
This clinic was in a home, so people basically surrounded the house waiting to be seen by the doctors and nurses.
This is a Monastery hidden back in the side of a hill overlooking the plains of Nineveh.
The plains of Nineveh.
The original palace in Erbil. The city is built in a circle around these ruins.
Our team, minus Matt (taking the pic), plus a few other people that just wanted to be in the picture.