Photo Story: Alea in the Citadel Alone

2014-02-24

One Kirkuki woman has decided to make the Kirkuk Citadel which was built 5000 years ago by the Gutians her home. They are thought to be the ancestors of the Kurdish people. 64 Alea Khidir who is 68 years old lives alone in one of the rooms in the citadel. She has no relatives and decided to make the citadel her home many years ago. The citadel guards provide her with the necessities that she needs and she feels as if she were one of the protectors of the citadel as well. “I wouldn’t exchange this place for anything. I wish I were buried here when I die,” Mrs. Khidir told Kirkuk Now. The citadel was evacuated from its inhabitants who were Kurdish, Turkmans and Chaldeans when the Baath regime destroyed it in 1998. Karwan As-salihi, Kirkuk Now [gallery ids="19376,19377,19378,19379,19380,19381"]  

Photo Story: Alea in the Citadel Alone
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