Sachiko Saito


Not now but somedayongoing

There is a Kurdish community of about 2,000 people in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture. The Kurds, who live in the mountainous region straddling the borders of Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran, are not recognised as an ethnic group in any country and continue to face discrimination and persecution, especially in Turkey In the early 1990s, Kurds began coming to Japan to escape persecution in Turkey. They live in Japan while applying for refugee status. However, the refugee status rate in Japan is very low. As a result, many Kurds are forced to live as 'irregular residents'. And among them are many children who were born and raised in Japan.
It is a work about the relationship between the individual and society, nationality, identity, homeland and, above all, human.