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The Kurds are considered to be descendants of the ancient Medes from the Old Testament. They are not Arabs, but rather their own ethnic group with a unique language.

They are a lively, colorful and hospitable people; picnics and dancing are their two favorite national pastimes.

They are perhaps the largest ethnic group in the world without a country of their own. Kurds are largely divided between Iraq, Iran, and Turkey.

About 6 million Kurds live in north Iraq. Most are rural, but a third live in large and growing cities like Duhok, Erbil and Sulaymaniyah.

Almost all Kurds are Sunni Muslims. A small percentage of the local population belong to historic ethnic Christian communities. Perhaps 1,000 Kurds or fewer belong to newer, evangelical fellowships and denominations.


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