"we have no friends but the mountains"
Better Friends Than Mountains is a documentary about the tragic history of the Kurdish people, the mounting geopolitical conflict in the Middle East, and the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
There are approximately 31 million Kurds spread across 13 countries in and around 'the cradle of civilization.' They constitute the world's largest stateless people and remain one of the most unreached and unengaged people groups on earth. This scorned and marginalized people may very well be the ripest harvest field in the Muslim world. At this critical juncture in history, as the battle for the destiny of the Middle East rages on, it is imperative that the Church in the nations understands what is happening in the region and how the Lord would have us offer ourselves as living sacrifices on the altar of His will in the days ahead. We believe that the Kurdish people should have better friends than mountains.
Considered by many to be the most oppressed people in history - the Kurds often refer to themselves as "orphans of the universe" and those who "have no friends but the mountains". They are the largest people group in the world without a homeland and have endured centuries of conquest and suppression.
Most of us are familiar with the Kurds because of recent world events, but their history begins in Biblical times. Their ancestors, the Medes, are found in many Old Testament stories. The Garden of Eden was most likely situated in the land now known as "Kurdistan".
Many Biblical figures lived and died in this land including Noah, Esther, Jonah, Habakkuk and Daniel.
Though surrounding nations have tried for centuries to overpower and assimilate them, the Kurds have fought courageously to maintain their land, language and way of life. In 1988 in Iraq, Saddam Hussein launched a genocidal campaign against the Kurds, commanding his troops to leave “neither man nor beast alive.”
During that time, 182,000 Kurds were killed and 4,000 villages were destroyed. In the city of Halabja, 5000 people were killed in a few minutes by a single chemical weapons attack.
After the Gulf War, the Kurds were afforded a “No Fly Zone” in Northern Iraq. This action opened the door, allowing believers from around the world to bring relief – and the love of God – to these previously isolated people. In Turkey and Armenia, new house churches are being birthed among Kurds. In Iran, the gospel is regularly broadcast to the Kurds. Once again, the descendants of the Medes are hearing the hope of the Bible. The opportunity to present the Gospel is greater today than it has been in recent history.