I was arrested for celebrating Newroz

 
PhD student Hemn Merany recalls the Newroz (new year) in 1990, when he was living in Kawergosk concentration camp outside of Erbil after the Iraqi government destroyed Kurdish villages in the area. He was arrested as an eight year-old after lighting tires on fire to celebrate the festival, not knowing what he was doing was strictly forbidden by the Baathist regime.

Storyteller: Hemn Merany

Date of Story: Mid-March, 1990
Location of Story: Kawergosk, Kurdistan Region of Iraq
Location: Leicester, UK
Date: 15 March, 2016
Citizen Historian: Eman A Ibrahim