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In Kurdistan, an independence referendum has serious repercussions

The semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq is relatively prosperous and safe. But since the referendum on 25th September, it has been rocked by economic strife and violence

By Lizzie Porter   December 2017

Pershmerga fighters. Photo:Amel Pain/EPA/Rex/Shutterstock

In the lanes of Erbil’s Qaysari bazaar, by the city’s ancient citadel, Ali Karim shares halva, a sesame sweet, as he discusses with his customers the fallout from Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence referendum. “The situation is not good at all. For three months there has been no money. How can we live? The US got rid of Saddam Hussein, but if you look at Baghdad now, we have 20 Saddams.”

The semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq is relatively prosperous and safe. But since the referendum…

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