Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Documenting German Transitional Aid

In 2016 I travelled to Kurdistan Region of Iraq on behalf of the German Development Cooperation (GIZ). GIZ - as the implementing agency for German development cooperation - supports the regional government in caring for over one million people from Syria and Iraq.  These people have fled from the atrocities of ISIS and found refuge in the autonomous region of Kurdistan in Northern Iraq.




The project consisted of editorial work, video production and photography. Below a selection from the work is shown. 

Kurdistan Region of Iraq. IDP Camp Kabarto II. A young girl watches the exhibition of Artist Saad Abduhamid Khalil from the outside. Khalil´s pictures were exhibited in the context of a chess tournament between to IDP-Camps, conducted by local NGO Harikar.

The journeys to Iraq and into the IDP- and refugee camps were an experience of reality, of getting outside the bubble as one of the international GIZ employees expressed it. In spite of the dire circumstances, I made many new friends among the kurdish GIZ staff and experienced a huge amount of oriental hospitality, not only on the bazaars of Erbil and Duhok but also inside the tents of the Internally Displaced Persons and refugees in the area.


Co-Consultant: Gabriele Rzepka, Camera & Script: Fabian Schwan-Brandt, Editor: Kai Schmitz, Narrator: Matthias Keller, Music: Nejyahr Yaseen Ahmad.