In Iraq, thousands of hectares of farmland go up in flames. The IS is setting them on fire, they say. The Arabs are to blame, goes the rumor among the Kurds.
The land is on fire! The son of farmer Hawez tries to extinguish the fire Photo: Issio Ehrich
The fire is eating its way meter by meter through the land of Farhad Anwar Hawez. For hours, the farmer has been beating the flames in vain with gray rags. Sweat trickles down his forehead, ash and dirt settle on his clothes, the muscles in his arms fail. Firefighters arrive. But even they cannot put out the fire.