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No blood for oil

June 23, 2014

Gas prices rose 1000% in 48 hours in Kurdistan. There are lines over a kilometer long in front of the gas stations which are still working. (The lines of white cars in the photo is one of those gas queues). My friend says he’s going to buy a bicycle! That’s the spirit. The Turkish prime minister promised gasoline from Turkey to fill the gap. But for now, these lines have a culture of their own. People set up umbrellas in the car to make shade; others leave their cars to chat; venders open little stands to sell cigarettes and snacks to the ones who are waiting..

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Julie permalink
    June 25, 2014 1:38 am

    do you see a lot of white cars there, or is that a coincidence in your picture?

    • June 25, 2014 6:14 am

      oh gosh soooo many white cars here! it’s because white cars actually hide the dust much better than colored cars. but yeah… the vast majority of cars here are white!

  2. June 25, 2014 2:24 am

    It’s amazing how creative people get when they are left confined spaces. I bet there are a lot of interesting stories that would come out of those car lines. I can’t believe people are opening up shop in their cars–that is very entrepreneurial!

  3. Susannah permalink
    June 25, 2014 5:26 pm

    Wow, what a picture! It certainly reminds me to not get apathetic to the fact that we have such easy access to gas here.

    • June 29, 2014 10:07 am

      yes i hope the crisis will get better soon.. people are waiting for 5 hours or more just for a half tank of gas!

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