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.