Sympathy and admiration is easily developed for the Kurdish people. From the Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916 - when the French, British, and their allies divided up the Middle East, leaving the Kurdish people without land - and beyond, the old adage characterizing their experience at friendship has seemed to be true, that they have, "No Friends but the Mountains."

The purpose of this project was to form a collaboration of "friends," between US and Kurdish artists, and other contributors; to engage in various art initiatives to include wall murals, kite projects, and origami workshops with children in hardship situations around Kurdistan.

The intent was to create friendships, to cultivate cross-cultural learning, to support local artists, and to inspire hope through creativity and artistic expression among communities who need it most.

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