Success of Kurdistan Region's long-distance Zagros Mountain Trail lies with local communities

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - After five years of scouting, planning, and collaborating, the final leg of the two-week Zagros Mountain Trail (ZMT) thru-hike was completed earlier this month by an intrepid team including the legendary co-founders of the path Leon McCarron, an Irish explorer and writer, and Lawin Mohammad, a Kurd from northeast Syria (Rojava) with an equal thirst for adventure. The success of the route, which its advocates hope could one day be on-par with world-class hikes such as the Camino de Santiago, Appalachian and Jordan trails, rests with the local community. Constructed through conversations and built on partnerships, the trail is for them and through them, and a treat for visitors to the Region fortunate enough to set foot on the cross-cultural journey.

Integration of Syrian refugees into Kurdistan Region’s schools a ‘major achievement’: UNHCR official

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Jean-Nicolas Beuze, the UNHCR Representative in Iraq since November 2021, spoke to Rudaw last week about the situation of Syrian refugees in the Kurdistan Region, praising the recent move to integrate children into the Region’s public schools, and warning of both the agency’s limited humanitarian funding, and the fraud schemes targeting some of the most vulnerable.

Former officials urge US, Iran to see nuclear talks through to ‘successful outcome’

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Over 40 former senior foreign and defence officials from countries including Turkey, Germany and the UK on Tuesday issued an open letter to US and Iranian leadership expressing their concern at the six week “period of stasis” in talks to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal, urging the US and Iranian leadership to “see the negotiations through to a successful outcome.”

US welcomes release of two Badinan prisoners

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - The US Consulate General in Erbil on Thursday welcomed the decision of a Kurdistan Region court to release two Badinan detainees, after their respective sentences were reduced to two years last month, in a week which saw the publication of a damning US State Department report into human rights issues in the Region including criticism regarding restrictions on expression, and the arbitrary detentions of journalists, protesters, and activists.
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