A Day in the Life of a Peshmerga Female Fighter

Collection with 46 media items created by Stefano Carini

03 Aug 2014 21:00

July 2014

"When I was young it was one of my dreams to be a Peshmerga. Many of the men in my family were Peshmerga with the PUK party. They were fighting against the regime of Saddam Hussein for a free Kurdistan and many of them died this way.”

Paxshan Omer, 37 year old, is a Kurdish Peshmerga from Sulaimaniyah. She married when she was 18 years old and has two sons. Her husband died 12 years old, and she has been taking care of her kids ever since.

Paxshan decided to join the Peshmerga in 2003, with the American invasion and the implementation of the “Anti terror war”. She is one of 500 female Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. The regiment, which was founded in 1996, is now ready to go to the frontline to defend the country.

“I know it is hard work and the day I decided to be a Peshmerga I told myself that maybe one day I might get injured or even die and I could not live with my family again. But only God can give you death or life, and so I am at peace.”

Peshmerga Women Fighter Iraq Isil Isis Kurdish Kurdistan Re... Kurd Kurds Female Fight Saddam Hussein Iraq Bagh Baghdad War Politics Sulaimaniyah Middle East ... Anti Terror

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Female Peshmerga, including Paxshan Omer (front row left) stand to attention during drill.

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Paxshan Omer salutes Captain Jwan Mohammad, the officer in charge of training female Peshmerga.

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Female Peshmerga, including Paxshan Omer (front row left) stand to attention during drill.

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Paxshan Omer marches and carries out a rifle drill at the Farmanday Peshmerga base.

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Paxshan Omer (foreground), makes bread for her family as her mother, Sadi Hama (63), relaxes with a cigarette. Bread making is traditionally carried out by the women of the house, and often sees them make around 150 pieces of bread in 7 hours.

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Holding her Kalashnikov, Paxshan Omer, walks between the buildings of the Farmanday Peshmerga base, as she prepares to carry out a training session.

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37 year old Paxshan Omer (L), makes bread for her family as her mother, Sadi Hama (63), relaxes with a cigarette. Bread making is traditionally carried out by the women of the house, and often sees them make around 150 pieces of bread in 7 hours.

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Paxshan Omer (Right), makes bread with her sister Shawnm (25) for their family. Bread making is traditionally carried out by the women of the house, and often sees them make around 150 pieces of bread in 7 hours.

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Paxshan Omer (Left), makes bread with her sister Shawnm (25) for their family. Bread making is traditionally carried out by the women of the house, and often sees them make around 150 pieces of bread in 7 hours.

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Paxshan Omer (Left), makes bread with her sisters Dashne (30 Centre) and Shawnm (25) for their family.

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Female Peshmerga fighters, including Paxshan Omer (37), perform a drill at the Farmanday Peshmerga base.

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Female Peshmerga fighters, including Paxshan Omer (37), perform a drill at the Farmanday Peshmerga base.

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Paxshan Omer (Centre) shares a joke with other female Peshmerga fighters as they camouflage their faces with mud during training.

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A female Peshmerga wearing a camouflage uniform, completed with grass and a mud covered Kalashnikov assault rifle, poses during training at the Farmanday Peshmerga base.

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Paxshan Omer (Left) uses grass to camouflage her uniform during training at the Farmanday Peshmerga base.

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Captain Jwan Mohammad, the officer in charge of training the female Peshmerga, uses hand signals to signal a group of female Peshmerga undergoing training.

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Female Peshmerga wearing camouflage uniforms, complete with grass and a mud-covered Kalashnikovs.

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Female Peshmerga fighters aim their Kalashnikov assault rifles at a makeshift defensive position, during training.

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Paxshan Omer (Left) and her fellow fighters practice taking prisoners and cover another female Peshmerga with their rifles during training.

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Paxshan Omer laughs as she sits in a defensive position waiting to ambush an enemy team during training at the Farmanday Peshmerga base.

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Paxshan Omer (Right) hands in her rifle at the base armory after finishing an evenings training.

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Paxshan Omer, with her face still covered in mud used for camouflage, smiles after finishing an evenings training at the Farmanday Peshmerga base.

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Paxshan Omer (Right) and her fellow fighters hold their rifles in the air and cheer, after completing a hard training session at the Farmanday Peshmerga base.

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Paxshan talks to a friend on the phone while she cooks food for herself and her 2 sons as they prepare to break their fast during the Islamic festival of Ramadan.

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Female Peshmerga, Paxshan Omer (Centre Standing), and her comrades practice taking prisoners during training.

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Paxshan Omer talks to a friend on the phone as she cooks food for herself and her 2 sons as they prepare to break their fast during the Islamic festival of Ramadan.

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Paxshan Omer cooks food for herself and her 2 sons as they prepare to break their fast during the Islamic festival of Ramadan.

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Female Peshmerga, Paxshan Omer, prays in her home in Sulaymaniah, where she lives with her two sons.

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Female Peshmerga, Paxshan Omer, prays in her home in Sulaymaniah, where she lives with her two sons.

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Female peshmerga Paxshan Omer, watched by her son Sarhang, 16 (Right), and her nephew Bli'nd (20), cooks food for herself and her family as they prepare to break their fast during the Islamic festival of Ramadan.

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Female Peshmerga, Paxshan Omer, and her nephew Bli'nd (20), are seen in the kitchen of her house as they prepare to break their fast during the Islamic festival of Ramadan.

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Female Peshmerga, Paxshan Omer, watched by her sons Sarhang, 16 (Centre), and Mohammad, 17, talks about her Kalashnikov assault rifle in the family home in Sulaymaniah.

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Female Peshmerga, Paxshan Omer, watched by her sons Sarhang, 16 (Centre), and Mohammad, 17, talks about her Kalashnikov assault rifle in the family home in Sulaymaniah.

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Sarhang, 16 (Left), and Mohammad, 17, the sons of female Peshmerga fighter Paxshan Omer, sit on the floor of the family home in Sulaymaniah.

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Rifles, belonging to female Peshmerga fighters, in the armory of the Farmanday Peshmerga base. Paxshan Omer is in charged of keeping the room in order.

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A general view of the Farmanday Peshmerga base located close to the Kurdish city of Sulaymaniah, in Iraqi Kurdistan, where 500 female fighters are currently based and trained.

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Paxshan Omer cleans her Kalashnikov rifle at the Farmanday Peshmerga base.

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Paxshan Omer's rifle leans against a wall as it dries, at the Farmanday Peshmerga base.

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Female Peshmerga Paxshan Omer, sits in a chair as she guards a checkpoint at the Farmanday Peshmerga base.

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Sulaymaniah, Iraq

Female Peshmerga fighter, Paxshan Omer, listens to a song on her mobile phone as she guards a checkpoint at the Farmanday Peshmerga base. Both female and male Peshmerga train at the Farmandy base located close to Sulaymaniah in Iraqi-Kurdistan.