Iraq’s sudden divide

Humanitarian expert Stafford Clarry looks back on the fallout of the Iraqi government’s sudden decision to draw a militarized demarcation line across the border with the Kurdistan region in 1991, withdrawing troops from the area and effectively creating a border cutting across their own territory. Soldiers required UN workers to have permits to cross the line, and he saw how they forced people entering into the Kurdistan Region to effectively empty their fuel tanks and abandon other supplies.

Storyteller: Stafford Clarry
Date of Story: October, 1991
Location of Story: Kurdistan Region of Iraq
Location: Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq
Date: 20 April, 2016