Posted by: Frangipani | February 28, 2012

Why don’t Kurds Belt up?

I was having coffee with a friend who has tirelessly campaigned in the Middle East for people to to wear seat belts to protect their lives and those of their children. “I have given up on speaking about death; life is over in seconds. My new campaign film focusses on disability: the misery and torture that comes from not wearing a seat belt on that fated  journey.”

I chided myself for being so slow. Many Kurdish friends also do not wear seat belts- we laughed as we recently taught a 14 year old who had NEVER used a seat belt not to wrap the seatbelt around his neck; how to wear it safety/correctly. Much to my sorrow, Kurdish people have been, and continue to be, subjected to terrible disadvantages, and worse. Why add to the number of deaths and disabled Kurds by not wearing seat belts. We are all precious; let’s all “belt up”!

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