|The Iraqi police monitored shops
selling three kinds of things -- |
cassettes, photographs, and books.
|No one was allowed to sell a photograph or take a photograph that showed the tragedy of the Kurdish people.|
|For example, a photographer in Sulaimania took a photograph of a poor baby with torn clothes and sold it as a postcard.|
|The photographer was arrested
for selling |
|I never actually took photographs of the fighting in the mountains, but when the peshmerga took pictures they would send them to me and I would develop them.|
|You cannot imagine how difficult life was here. We were developing the negatives for the peshmerga in the mountains at the same time that we were being watched.|
I had another group inside the house, but as the Iraqi police were searching house
to house, I was afraid that they
would come and find the photographs with me, so I burned them.|
I no longer have my shop.
|After the exodus, I stopped taking photos. I didn't have any money, and there was no work to do. Most of the photographs that are left are portraits taken for official documents, such as passports and family photographs.|
|Jabar Abdulkarim Amin|
Kurdish photographer living in northern Iraq.