This past winter break, the Tufts New Initiative for Middle East Peace (NIMEP) traveled to Iraqi Kurdistan (an autonomous entity within the federal Iraqi Republic). Ian MacLellan (A’12), a member of NIMEP, served as the official photographer of the student delegation on this trip. He documented the experience by means of a powerful photo essay. He writes:
Kurdish culture has its roots in extremely ancient societies along the Tigris River and has been repressed and destroyed for centuries. Their culture is now a creation and amalgamation of both indigenous and ancient Iranian traditions and a reaction against modern Turkish, Persian and Arab influences.
MacLellan also created a photo timelapse video of scenes from Kurdistan: