Catalonia Gets a Little Taste of Rojava, and They Like It

Two regions that I try to regularly follow here on iState are Rojava and Catalonia.  In Barcelonia, those two regions are coming together as Kurds from Rojava are finding a warm welcome from Catalans, who have their own history (like Rojava) of attempting to experiment with non-coercive governance models.

Now, Rojavans are exporting their ideas and, apparently, their food, to Catalonia, and Barcelona is all the better for the experience.

Man from Rojava brings a taste of Kurdistan to Catalonia

 In central Barcelona is a restaurant run by a young Kurd from Rojava, Aziz Mirzo. He came to Catalonia 16 years ago and has opened a restaurant near La Rambla Street where he serves Kurdish dishes from early in the morning until late at night.

When I was in Barcelona during the build-up to Catalonia’s referendum in September 2017, Mirzo told me: “We serve light food meals because it is mostly laborers who turn here.

“In addition, our restaurant is located between two schools. Students pass by here every day. Most of them come here to buy sandwiches which they put in their bags or eat them while walking. This has given a boost to our marketability.”

…..I initially had thought there would be no Kurds here, because Kurdish immigrants normally go to northern European countries. However, there are many Kurdish families living in Barcelona, but they lack accurate statistics.

When I visited a Catalan family they realized I was a Kurd and then greeted me in Kurdish.

I saw many young Kurdish people working in the city’s market place. They also own shops, markets, restaurants and barber shops.

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