The Angry Young Men were a new type of British intellectuals who were mostly of working class or of lower middle-class origin after 1950s, some had been educated. They showed a disdain for the drabness of the postwar welfare state. I have not chosen this topic to make a comparison between the British angry young men of 50s and those unemployed, unmarried ones who fill the streets of Kurdistan cities and towns calling for their very primary rights. The former expressed raw anger and frustration as the postwar reforms failed to meet exalted aspirations for genuine change, while the latter has raised their voice for the very primary basics of life.
In its essence, anger is made of two components: one is an idea that there's something wrong, two is that someone else is to blame. High level of unemployment, low income and a misty future are the core of the anger of those young men. Young people graduate from college seeking simply to a job but cannot find a job that gains enough money to get by, seeking to marry and start a family but cannot find a place to live. In recent years Kurdistan society has faced an unprecedented crisis in housing. The sign "house for rent" has simply vanished. Government spends money via Housing Fund Board for building houses that aims at grass-rooting housing crisis and helping young couples but their prices are beyond what most citizens cannot afford.
It’s for two decades Kurdistan Regional Government has been claimed as an infant-government. For two decades government officials, the two ruling-parties, Kurdistan Democratic Party and Patriot Union of Kurdistan, have stolen and accumulated money and claimed let’s not lose our experience and national gains, let’s not put national security under a threat.
Government and ruling parties blame foreign elements for the unrest, for the demonstrations, for the protests, they blame an evil-hand that wants to interfere in our flourished-two decade infant-government, they blame internal political entities for encouraging and intimidating young men to use violence and distort the current stable and progressed government of Kurdistan or “The Other Iraq”.
The great number of young, unemployed and unmarried people that constitute a large segment of the protests, takes onto the streets and facing bullets, they don’t ask for something outreach but what they ask for is a secure and prosperous future. They want jobs, a roof over their heads and food on their table. They want to live with dignity and they ask for what should be theirs by right.
Kurdish leaders, government officials and political parties, please do not patronize these angry young men! Instead, come down on your chairs and listen to them, listen to their worries and their concerns, listen to their anger and their demands, engage them in dialogue and take with them active steps on a path that leads to a secure and prosperous future!