“People in these parts become transporters of smuggled goods because there are no jobs”
Unfortunately, killings like this have occurred so many times that it’s become ordinary for us. Every month, we see something like this happen. In Mohammad’s case, when he saw the police, he tried to flee; drivers of smuggled goods often do this, because they’re afraid that if they’re caught, the police will impound their car [and later sell it at auction]. And their car is their most valuable possession. But the police caught up to him and shot him dead.People in these parts become transporters of smuggled goods because there are no jobs. The government does nothing to create jobs here; we have educated youth, and yet public sector jobs are given to people who come in from other regions. They don’t trust Kurds.
WARNING: The following video may shock viewers.
This video shows the body of a Kurdish smuggler who was shot dead in 2011.
Smugglers don’t work full-time – if they’re lucky, they’ll get a job a week. Depending on the types of goods they’re smuggling, drivers are paid between 700,000 and 800,000 Tomans (about 175 euros to 200 euros). Transporting alcohol pays the best.
In my town, any child can tell you the names of the smugglers working here. So I don’t think they’re making that big of an effort to arrest them. Why? Probably because some smugglers pay bribes to the police, for example to ‘buy’ a road for a couple of hours. And why do they kill them? In my opinion, smugglers’ lives mean little to them…