Iraq: Iraq Rebuilding: 01182013_Becherer_IraqDawn004

People are reflected in a mirror of a roadside sunglasses vendor at Sulaymaniyah’s main market in Iraq’s northern Kurdish region. More merchandise is available for sale in Iraq’s Kurdish region since its border with Turkey provides a safe entry to the area. As the rest of Iraq struggles with sectarian killings and an insurgency, the mostly homogenous Kurdish north prospers and benefits from reconstruction projects. Since the partitioning of the Ottoman Empire, the Kurds have sought to have an autonomous country, and still today many Kurds express their desire to make themselves independent from the troubles of greater Iraq.
Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

People are reflected in a mirror of a roadside sunglasses vendor at Sulaymaniyah’s main market in Iraq’s northern Kurdish region. More merchandise is available for sale in Iraq’s Kurdish region since its border with Turkey provides a safe entry to the area. As the rest of Iraq struggles with sectarian killings and an insurgency, the mostly homogenous Kurdish north prospers and benefits from reconstruction projects. Since the partitioning of the Ottoman Empire, the Kurds have sought to have an autonomous country, and still today many Kurds express their desire to make themselves independent from the troubles of greater Iraq.