May 2013 - Kurdish Smugglers

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SHABADEEN, IRAQ: Smugglers' dens line the mountains along the Iran-Iraq border...Thousands of Kurdish smugglers make a living ferrying goods between Iraq and Iran. They smuggle everything from clothes, to make-up, to alcohol which is forbidden in Iran. The smugglers make around 100,000 Iranian Rials ($8 USD) per journey and make 3 journeys per day...Photo by Aram Karim