Uncertainty about future bombardments

Abdulla Mala talking to CPTers about the latest Iranian bombardments in Gwndajor. Photo by: Julie Brown.

By; Peggy Gish

“The people in our village are very anxious.  They don’t know when the bombs will come again!” Abdulla Mala, farmer and resident of the village of Gwndajor, in the Choman District, told members of CPT as they sat in his family’s home on 2 August, 2017.  To get there, we drove through beautiful mountains and valleys, and looked down on lush gardens and orchards terraced down steep mountain sides.

Kak Abdulla spoke about the bombardment by Iranian fighters on Gwndajor and the surrounding rural areas that happened from 5 AM to about 2 PM on 3 July, 2017, using guided missiles, RPG’s, and machine guns.  He said that one reason  Iranian forces attacked this area is because there were members of the Iranian rebel group, the KDPI (Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran) staying in the area.  

As soon as the bombardment got heavy and came close to their home, they, and other families from the area got in their cars and fled.  Kak Abdulla's family went to the town of Choman , returning later that afternoon when they heard that the attacks were over.  Local authorities gave a few of the displaced families three blankets and a box of food each while they were away.  Otherwise, they received no outside aid during that time.

When they returned, the family found out that the bombardment damaged two houses in the village area. One was that of a woman residing two kilometers from the border.  She was injured and her house demolished by forces shooting machine guns from the Iranian military base on top of the mountain, at the border.  These troops also injured three fighters from the KDPI.  Their shelling damaged twenty farm animals and twenty bee hives, but no farm land or crops.

Out of the seventy-eighty families living in the village, about fifty have returned.  What Kak Abdulla conveyed to us was that although people are afraid, they do not want to lose their homes and land in this beautiful mountainous area where their families lived and farmed for generations.  Kak Abdulla and his family are among the families of the border villages who will do all they can to stay and not be displaced.