A Cross-Border Carriers Was Killed by Police shooting, Iran

 Tuesday, March 10, 2015 9:34:23 AM

Fereydoon Lotfollahi, who lived in Zaviran of Marivan County, was killed by Security Forces officials’ crossfire along the Iran-Iraq border on 9 March 2015.

There is no clear news of the incident that occurred lately evening on Monday.

Whereas, many cross-border carriers (Kolbar) who carry goods across the border on their back or horseback for a business purpose to provide needful for their families to be alive. The Kurdish backpack carrier are faced serious risk due to climate conditions as more than 300 kilometer impassable mountains, failing into the rivers or valley where is located in the cross-border region, landmines explosion and gunfire by border security forces or snipers.

The backpacks are frequently faced to die, but smuggling is being continued by them. They have told BBC correspondent, Jiyar Gol, that smuggling is the only means of livelihood they can depend on.

It is worth noting that more than 34 people have been victims of landmines till this moment and more than 42 dead and wounded by border guards shooting in last year.

On May 2014, an Iranian Kurdish backpack carrier was killed and another 30-years-old backpack lost one of his leg due to failing into the river and landmine explosion in the cross-border Kurdish region between Iraqi Kurdistan region and Turkey.

According to the unofficial statistics of local sources; there are more than 100,000 backpack (97% man and 3% women) that they carry goods up across the Kurdish border between Iran and Iraq.

The Iranian Kurdish backpacks have allegedly allocated the higher rank of this rough business in the region, although, the number of the backpacks of both sides of the border are unclear. In addition, many Kurdish students forced to smuggle across the border to earn money for their education as they said.

The population of backpack carriers could be divided as follows in keeping with the local statistics that received by the Human Rights activists:

15-18 years of age: 10% of backpacks

18-25 Years of age: 30% of backpacks

25-40 years of age: 45% of backpacks

40 years and above: 15% of backpacks

By: Kaveh Taheri