Iran border forces fatally shoot 50-year-old kolbar in Marivan

Iranian forces continue their deadly attacks against load carriers in the border areas.

According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN), a group of kolbars were targeted by Iranian border forces without prior warning on 18 December .

The attack in the border area of Marivan, Kurdistan Province, claimed the life of a 50-year-old kolbar, Ali Ghaderi.

Ghaderi was a father of four from the village of Zanuri and lived in Marivan.

Kolbars and kasibkars are targeted systematically by Iranian and Turkish security forces. Each year, dozens of them are killed with no punitive measures being taken. Apart from systematic attacks, kolbars are struggling to make a living under harsh weather conditions, dangerous geographical locations and mines.

Kolber or “kolbar” is derived from the Kurdish words “kol” and “bar”. Kol means “back”, bar means “load”. Kolbars make their living by carrying goods on their backs across dangerous borders. The goods they carry include cigarettes, mobile phones, blankets, household items, tea and rarely alcoholic beverages. They have to pass through dangerous roads between South Kurdistan and East Kurdistan. The goods brought are sold at relatively high prices in commercial centres such as Tehran. However, kolbars who carry out the transportation of goods at the expense of their lives receive a very small amount of wages.

Kasibkar refers to those people who receive the goods kolbars carry to South Kurdistan and find buyers in towns.