National Geographic : 1975 Mar
Unsung heroes of the revolution make sure that triggers work and hungry bellies are filled. The in dispensable village gunsmith re pairs a much-used revolver (left), while a Russian AK-47 automatic rifle captured from Iraqi troops awaits his attention. Swathed in crimson, a girl in one of the Kurdish army's brigade headquarters rolls dough with a tiroq (above). The pancake-thin bread bakes in clay ovens, some of which are buried in the ground. A new oven is shaped by another woman (right), whose light skin and hair reflect her people's Indo European stock. She toils before the wall of a home built of gasoline cans cut apart and flattened. The Kurds' passion for color in their dress finds echo in the tale of a Kurdish bandit offered a last request before his execution. After careful thought he replied, "I should like to be hanged with a red-and-green rope."