Three kolbars injured in attack by Iranian regime forces

Three kolbars were injured in an attack by the Iranian regime forces in Eastern Kurdistan.

According to media reports in Rojhilat (Eastern Kurdistan), Iranian regime forces opened fire on a group of kolbars (load carriers) in the border area of the Bane city on Friday, December 29. The attack left three of the kolbars injured.

The injured kolbars, who have since been hospitalized, were identified as Mehdi Sîmayî from Seqîz (Saqqez), Arman Mihemedî from Sine (Sanandaj) and Mîhran from Kamyaran.

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.