Safi Haso, about 70 years old, from Girik village of Kobani. "We are probably the last generation that has tattoos," she says. "All Kurdish women had them. 

 
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Adule Ali, about 80, from Kobane. “When I was young, a gypsy woman made my tattoos,” said Adule. As a young bride, her husband was apparently so taken by her beauty that upon seeing her, he accidentally cut his finger off with the scythe he had been using to cut wheat.

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Amina Saleh, 60, from Musko, a village of Kobani, at Bulgur Fabrikası refugee camp in Suruc, Turkey, A mother of 6, she got her face tattooed when she was about 10 years old.

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Badiya Jelal Aqil, 33, and her daughter, Fatma Tamra, 12. "My daughter liked my tattoo and asked for the same ," said Aqil, who fled Kobani with her husband and five children to Arbet Camp in Iraqi Kurdistan. She says her grandmother made her tattoos, which are three simple dots on her face and three on her left hand. Fatma has just one dot between her eyes.

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"How beautiful we are," says Goeja Haso, 60, from Girik village of Kobani, "One young woman I knew had tattoos made by a gypsy woman, and when I saw, I cried and told my mother I wanted the same."

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Adule Imam Sheik Muhamad, 60, from Kabajuk village of Kobani. "I didn't want the tattoos," she says, "because it was very painful, but when I saw the results, I liked it."..."In our time, it was said to be beautiful, but not anymore."
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Amina Abdel Majid Suleyman, 70, from Kobani at Rojava refugee camp in Suruc, Turkey, The mother of 7 children who cares for two grandchildren after their mother died. "I was tattooed as a baby, probably I was about 6 months old"

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Fatima Habash, 55, from Kobani, a mother of 8 children at refugee camp in Suruc, Turkey. 

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Meliha Omer, about 80, from Girik, a village of Kobani. She remembers having her face tattooed when she was 10 or 11 years old. "All the women had tattoos," she recalled. "But when we recognized it was haraam [against Islam] we stopped."

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Noyle Muzlem, 55 from El Ajak village of Kobani, at Rojava refugee camp in Suruc, Turkey. "It's an old tradition. I don't really like my tattoos."

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Zubeyda Ali, 60, who fled Kobane with her family, including 10 married children and 25 grandchildren. She has a large tattoo on her left hand and some small inverted-V tattoos on her chin. Her husband, Nuh Shahin, says, “All the men loved girls with tattoos.” They married when she was 13-- already tattooed, and he was 20.

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